March 05, 2012
Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., died Tuesday after a struggle with colon cancer.
Payne, 77, was the first black congressman elected to represent New Jersey and is a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Payne returned home to New Jersey last week after he took a turn for the worse while receiving care at Georgetown University Hospital. He was diagnosed just a month ago and had suggested his prognosis was good.
The 12-term congressman represented Newark. He was a widow with three children, four grandchildren and one great grandchild, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. He was a school teacher before becoming an insurance executive and turning to politics. He served 12 terms in the House, and served on the Education and Workforce and Foreign Affairs committees.
Source, Fox News
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