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Donald Payne
Fmr. Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ)
Representative Donald Payne, the dean of New Jersey's congressional delegation and first African American elected to Congress from his home state, has died:
U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, the dean of New Jersey's congressional delegation, died after a months-long battle with colon cancer today, according to three sources close to the Payne family. The longtime politician was 77.

Payne announced last month he was under treatment for colon cancer but said that he expected to make a full recovery. Last week, though, his health took a turn for the worse.

He was hospitalized at Georgetown University Hospital, but on Friday was flown back to New Jersey on a medical transport. After arriving at Teterboro airport, he was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Payne, a Democrat who represented New Jersey's 10th congressional district for 23 years, was placed in hospice care and died early this morning.

Condolences to Congressman Payne's family and friends.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 06:10 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos Elections and Black Kos community.

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