Hoyer Statement on the Passing of Congressman Donald Payne

For Immediate Release:

March 6, 2012

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the passing of Congressman Donald Payne (NJ-10):

“Today the people of New Jersey lost a beloved public servant, and the House of Representatives lost a respected member.  As his state's first African American elected to Congress, Donald Payne was a trailblazer who helped pave the way for many to follow throughout the country.  Don was a tireless campaigner for justice.  Whether it was for the men and women from urban communities in Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties, the millions of American students who benefited from his service on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, or those suffering from poverty and oppression in Africa for whom he was a vocal advocate, his fight for justice at home and human rights around the world will be Don's lasting legacy.  His many travels to the Sudans brought hope to those experiencing the bitterness of war, hunger, and displacement, and his efforts drew Americans’ attention to the genocide in Darfur and ongoing violence across the Sudans.  All of us who had the honor of serving with him will dearly miss him and the energy and passion he brought to his job.  My thoughts are with his family today.”

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