(WTVM) - Alabama State Representative Demetrius Newton has died.
Newton died in his home, but the cause of death is not known.
He represented the 53rd district in Alabama, which covers a portion of Jefferson Co.
His page on the Alabama House of Representatives states:
Representative Demetrius Newton was elected in 1986 and served as the first African-American Speaker Pro-Tem of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1998 until 2010.
He received his B.A. from Wilberforce University, and J.D. from Boston University, and is an attorney in private practice.
Representative Newton is a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church and is the father of two children, Deirdre C. Newton and Demetrius C. Newton, Jr.
A former National President of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and the Wilberforce University Alumni Association, Representative Newton has been distinguished by receiving awards such as the "Outstanding Lawyer Award" by the Alabama Lawyer Association, and the "Outstanding Legislator Award" by the Alabama Poultry & Egg Association. He is also a Past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Birmingham Urban League. Representative Newton is currently a member of the Alabama, National, and American Bar Associations, as well as, the American Judicature Society, NAACP, 101 Black Men, and the Vulcan Gold Club.
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