Benjamin "Alex" Payne (born July 6, 1994) is an American politician, Historian, Art Educator, and Television personality. The eldest son of Shelley and Timothy Payne, he was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He first entered public life as a City Council member in Altoona, Iowa before being elected Mayor. Payne went on to serve as Govoner of Iowa and the U.S. Senate for Iowa. He is a member of the Republican Party.