Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
PAYNE, Donald Milford (1934-2012)

PAYNE, DONALD MILFORD, (father of Donald Payne, Jr.), a Representative from New Jersey; born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., July 16, 1934; graduated from Barringer High School, Newark, N.J., 1952; B.A., Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J., 1957; teacher; insurance executive; president, Young Men's Christian Association of the United States (YMCA), 1970-1973; member, Essex County, N.J., board of chosen freeholders, 1972-1978; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the Ninety-seventh Congress in 1980; member of the Newark, N.J., Municipal Council, 1982-1988; chairman, Essex county Democratic committee, 2003-2004; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the One Hundredth Congress in 1986; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred First and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1989-March 6, 2012); died on March 6, 2012, in Livingston, N.J.

Seton Hall University
The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center
South Orange, NJ
Papers: ca. 1989-2012, 53.35 linear feet.
The Donald M. Payne papers contain the professional papers of Donald M. Payne from his time as U.S. Representative for New Jersey?s 10th congressional district. The collection includes materials related to Congressman Payne?s legislative work, as well as on behalf of his district and state. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

  • "Donald M. Payne" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.
  • Payne, Donald M. "The Abandoned Infants Assistance Act: Improvements to Help 'Boarder Babies' and Their Families." Seton Hall Legislative Journal 16 (1992): 455-63.