Demetrius Newton

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Demetrius Newton
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Alabama House of Representatives District 53
Former Member
In office
1986-September 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1986
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWilberforce University, 1949
J.D.Boston University, 1952
Date of birthMarch 15, 1928
Place of birthFairfield, AL
Office website
Demetrius Newton (March 15, 1928 - September 11, 2013) was a Democratic member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing District 53 from 1986 to 2013. Newton was the first black Speaker Pro Tempore, a position he held from 1998 to 2010.

On September 11, 2013, Alabama lawmakers confirmed that Newton had died at his home in Birmingham. He was 85.[1][2]


Newton's professional experience includes working as a private practice attorney, attorney for the city of Birmingham and judge for the city of Brownville from 1972 to 1978. He served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954.

Committee assignments


Newton served on these committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:

  • Subcommittee on Constitutional Issues
  • Subcommittee on Government Regulations (County and Municipal Government)



See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Newton won re-election to the 53rd District seat in 2010. He defeated Anthony Johnson in the primary. He faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[3][4]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 53 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Demetrius Newton (D) 2,377
Anthony Johnson (D) 963


See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Newton was re-elected to the 53rd District Seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, running uncontested in the general election.[5]

Newton raised $71,620 for his campaign.[6]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Newton raised $100,992 in contributions.[7]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alabama Education Association $15,392
FGA PAC $11,000
STA PAC $10,550
Alabama Optometric Association $10,000


In 2006, Newton collected $71,620 in donations.

Below are Newton's top five campaign contributors in the 2006 election:[8]

Contributor 2006 total
AL Education Assoc $10,000
FGA PAC $5,000
AL Assoc of Realtors $5,000
Seth Hammett Campaign $5,000
AL State Employees Assoc $3,500


Newton was divorced and had two children.

Newton was a member of 101 Black Men, Alabama Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Judicature Society, Mount Olive Baptist Church, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Bar Association, Vulcan Gold Club, 33rd Degree Masons and the American Legion.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alabama House District 53
1986–September 2013
Succeeded by
Anthony "Alann" Johnson (D)