TellDC mourns the passing of Congressman Donald Payne. Rep. Payne served in Congress since 1988, when he was the first African American from New Jersey elected to the House. He was known both for his commitment to human rights and alleviating poverty as well as reaching across party lines and ethnic barriers in support of his progressive ideals. Rep. Payne embodied the highest ethical standards including transparency and accountability; and to this end was both an early adopter and strong supporter of TellDC.com. Rep. Payne will be sorely missed. Our condolences go out to his family.