Donald Payne Jr. (son of Donald Milford Payne) is a Representative from New Jersey. He was born in Newark, N.J. on December 17, 1958.
He was a member of the New Jersey highway authority from 1990-1996, and was a member of the Essex County educational services commission. He became freeholder-at-large for the Essex County, N.J. board of freeholders from 2005-2012.
He was an at-large representative for the Newark city council from 2006-2012, before he was elected simultaneously as a Democrat to the One Hundred Twelfth and One Hundred Thirteenth Congresses, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Donald Milford Payne, and to the two succeeding Congresses (November 6, 2012-present).