Rep. Payne, Jr. Awarded First Congressional Trophy for Floor Speeches
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. received the first Congressional trophy ever awarded to a member of Congress for speeches in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.
The House Democratic Policy & Communications Committee honored Rep. Payne, Jr. because of his leadership and commitment to speaking on the House floor. Congressman Payne, Jr. has given more speeches than any other Democratic Congressmember this session, usually to highlight the people, organizations and events from New Jersey’s 10th district.
Rep. Payne, Jr. said the award was a surprise, but one he is proud to have earned.
“I was really humbled by the recognition that my colleagues bestowed on me this morning,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “I’ve been doing these speeches for a while now. It’s an important part of my day to recognize and honor my constituents as well as make my stance known on the issues of the day.”
Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-8) presented the Congressman with the award in front of several members of Congress at a meeting of the committee’s new “Floor Speech Task Force.” Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1), chairman of the committee, praised Congressman Payne, Jr.’s dedication to serving his district and his party through the speeches.