Congressman Donald M. Payne to Speak

In Celebration of Black History Month

Donald M. Payne, representative of the 10th Congressional District of New Jersey, will appear at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham Campus on Friday, February 18 at 1 p.m. in Hartman Lounge, The Mansion. The public is invited to this free lecture that is part of the University’s Black History Month celebration.

First elected to Congress by an overwhelming majority in 1988 as New Jersey’s first African American Congressman, Payne was re-elected to his eighth term in 2002.

As a leading advocate of education, Congressman Payne has been instrumental in the passage of key legislation, including the Goals 2000 initiative to improve elementary and secondary schools, the School-to-Work Opportunities Act and the Student Loan Bill. He is a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

He led an effort to ensure that Title I funds continue to benefit students in school districts with the highest poverty levels. He fought to restore funding for Head Start, Summer Jobs for Youth and Pell Grants. Payne was a key sponsor of the minimum wage increase and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Conservationist groups have rated his record on environmental issues one of the best in Congress.

Payne is a Ranking Member of the International Relations Committee on the Western Hemisphere and Subcommittee on Africa, and a past Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

In 2003 President Bush appointed Payne as one of two members of Congress to serve as a Congressional delegate to the United Nations. In this role, he meets with the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and regularly attends sessions of the U.N. general Assembly and other high level meetings.

Congressman Payne gained national recognition when he was selected to manage the debate on the floor of the House of Representatives in opposition to the use of force in Iraq before fully exploring a diplomatic solution.

Congressman Payne will answer questions from the audience after his lecture.

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