RELEASE: Gottheimer Statement on the Passing of Congressman Donald Payne

Apr 24, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, April 24, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) released the following statement on the passing of Congressman Donald Payne: 

“It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of my friend, a great Jersey leader, and a voice for justice, Congressman Donald Payne. Today, New Jersey and our nation lost a dedicated father, husband, public servant, and incredible advocate for his beloved city and hardworking folks across America.

It was a privilege to serve with Don in Congress. Don was just a great guy, and everyone loved him. When I was first elected, Donald was there for me, showing me the ropes and sharing his wisdom — not to mention a good Jersey ribbing. Don had a great sense of humor to go with his meaningful experience. For the nearly fourteen years he served as a Member of Congress, he was a tireless champion for real people. As chair of the Congressional Colorectal Cancer Caucus and the Men’s Health Caucus, he regularly championed health care issues. He led the way on transportation, rail, and infrastructure, as a Subcommittee Chairman of T&I Committee. 

I’ll be praying for his family, especially his three wonderful children he always beamed about. I hope they find peace in knowing his work left a huge, positive impact on millions of people —not just in New Jersey, but also across our nation and around the world.” 


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