Butterfield Remembers Congressman Donald M. Payne

Mar 6, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the passing of his friend and colleague, Congressman Donald M. Payne (NJ):

“It is with deep sadness that I express my condolences to the family and staff of Congressman Donald Payne.  Donald Payne was an effective leader who tirelessly served the people of New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District, and citizens of the world, for more than twenty years.  Donald was known for his unwavering commitment to equal education, human rights, and improving international relations.  His influence went beyond his district lines and crossed international borders.  With rare courage, he often risked his life to travel to African nations to promote social justice.  Above all, Don was more than an accomplished statesman, he was my friend.  I pray his extraordinary legacy will give comfort to his loved ones and all of the people whose lives he touched at home and abroad.”