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Rep. Donald Payne Jr.

Representative for New Jersey’s 10th District

pronounced DO-nuld // payn

Payne is the representative for New Jersey’s 10th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Nov 15, 2012. Payne is next up for reelection in 2018.

Photo of Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Payne.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Payne is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Payne has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Donald Payne Jr. sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Payne was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Payne sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (31%) Emergency Management (29%) Transportation and Public Works (17%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) International Affairs (6%) Education (6%) Labor and Employment (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Payne’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Payne’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 5698: Protect and Serve Act of 2018
May 16, 2018. Passed 382/35.
Nay H.R. 1695: Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017
Apr 26, 2017. Passed 378/48.
This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of Copyrights is hired by the Librarian of Congress (who is the head of the Library of Congress). This bill would ...
Nay H.R. 4919: Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2016
Dec 8, 2016. Passed 346/66.
Not Voting H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Yea H.R. 4681 (113th): Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
Dec 10, 2014. Passed 325/100.
No H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.Res. 441 (113th): Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendments to H.R. 3304, with an amendment.
Dec 12, 2013. Passed 350/69.
Nay H.R. 1911 (113th): Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013
Jul 31, 2013. Passed 392/31.
6/17/2013: In what could become an annual occurrence, Congress yet again faces a looming deadline to resolve the problem of student loan interest rates. Without Congressional action, the rate on federally backed Stafford loans is set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on ...

Missed Votes

From Nov 2012 to May 2018, Payne missed 370 of 3,509 roll call votes, which is 10.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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