Ranking Member Miller Statement on the Passing of Rep. Donald Payne

Mar 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement after the news of the passing of Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ). Payne was a senior member of the committee.

“I am heartbroken to learn of Congressman Payne’s passing. Donald served his constituents and this nation with honor, distinction and a deep sense of justice. He was an uncompromising voice on the committee for the disadvantaged and the powerless.  He did his work with humility, and, when he spoke, people listened. He championed human rights and workers’ rights both here and around the world. Working people across the country could always count on Donald to stand up for them when it came to their health, safety and fair treatment on the job. As a former educator, he was a tireless advocate for all children and a strong champion of Head Start, giving countless children a better chance at a brighter future. Donald’s leadership and advocacy will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Donald’s family, staff and constituents.”