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A Statement from the Union County Board of County Commissioners

The Union County Board of County Commissioners extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and constituents of United States Representative Donald Payne Jr.

Congressman Payne was a dedicated public servant whose lifelong commitment to social justice and constituent service made a lasting impact on our community and beyond.

Throughout his six terms in Congress, Congressman Payne tirelessly advocated for progressive policies that aimed to improve the lives of all Americans. From his strong support for Medicare for All and the Green New Deal to his efforts to address community gun violence and expand access to affordable childcare and housing, he was a champion for equity and opportunity for all.

Congressman Payne’s leadership was instrumental in securing funding for critical infrastructure projects, including the national replacement of lead pipes that significantly benefited our region. His dedication to clean drinking water and environmental justice exemplified his commitment to ensuring a healthier and safer future for generations to come.

Beyond his legislative accomplishments, Congressman Payne’s personal story of resilience and perseverance inspired many. From humble beginnings in Newark, he rose to become a respected voice in Congress, advocating for those whose voices often went unheard.

As we mourn the loss of Congressman Donald Payne Jr., we honor his legacy of service and commitment to building a more just and equitable society. His passion, integrity, and compassion will be deeply missed, but his impact will continue to be felt in the lives he touched and the causes he championed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Beatrice, their triplets, Donald III, Jack, and Yvonne, and all who knew and loved him during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.