Democratic Rep. Donald Payne Jr. dies at 65

The legislator died from a heart attack. He took his seat in Congress for the first time in 2013.

The Democratic representative for the 10th district of New Jersey, Donald Payne Jr., died from a heart attack this Wednesday. The 65-year-old legislator had other health problems, including diabetes.

Payne Jr. took his seat in the House of Representatives for the first time in early 2013, replacing his father, Donald Payne.

Before serving in Congress, Payne Jr. was a councilman in Newark, New Jersey.

Several party colleagues, such as Democratic Senator Cori Booker, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, took to social media to pay tribute to Payne Jr.