New Jersey's 1st black congressman
Rep. Donald Payne, 77, the first African American congressman elected to represent New Jersey and a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, died Tuesday at a hospital in Livingston, N.J. He had colon cancer.
Payne represented New Jersey's heavily Democratic 10th District, including the city of Newark. He won his seat in Congress in 1988 and was easily reelected 11 more times.
Payne was a member of House committees on education and foreign affairs and a congressional delegate to the United Nations.
He also served as chairman of the House subcommittee on Africa and had traveled many...