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Brian DeQuincey Newman Biography – Brian DeQuincey Newman Wiki
Brian DeQuincey Newman was an attorney and former Columbia city councilman. He served as Columbia’s District Two City Councilman from 2010-2016. Newman was the founder of The Law Office of Brian DeQuincey Newman.
Newman was born in Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated from Spring Valley High School, Morehouse College and the University of South Carolina School of Law.
He was previously an attorney with the Law Offices of Rikard & Protopapas, LLC, where he focused on criminal defense, personal injury, business litigation and medical malpractice, before founding the DeQuincey Newman Law Firm, LLC, in April 2013.
Newman was also a former Assistant Solicitor for the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office in South Carolina, where he prosecuted a variety of criminal cases including, but not limited to, fraud, burglary, assault crimes, and murder.
In addition to his professional career, Brian was a public servant in his hometown of Columbia, SC. Named after his great-uncle, Rev. Dr. I. DeQuincey Newman—civil rights leader, minister and first Black Senator in South Carolina since Reconstruction—Brian continued the family legacy of being a leader in his community. Brian made history in 2010 when he rose above a field of eight candidates to become sworn into office as the youngest member ever to serve in Columbia’s City Council. Brian served as Columbia’s District Two City Councilman from 2010-2016.
Representing the City of Columbia’s most diverse Council District, Brian worked tirelessly to address income equality and affordable housing to help close the gap between the wealthiest and lowest-income neighborhoods in his District. Having served as Chair for the city’s Committees on Public Safety as well as Budget and Finance, Brian distinguished himself by helping generate a budget surplus for four straight years, while increasing funding for police and fire services and helping lower overall crime citywide to its lowest point in five years.
In addition, Brian served as Columbia City Council’s representative on the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority’s Board of Directors, where, as Chairman, he helped a usher in a new era of fiscal responsibility and stability while developing a new, 21st century vision that is revolutionizing public transportation throughout the region. He lobbied to increase Transit funding, resulting in a budget increase from $5 million to $25 million in annual funding, all while increasing fleet size and doubling service hours on the road.
Brian DeQuincey Newman Age
Newman was born on December 22, 1982, in Columbia, South Carolina. He died on January 3, 2023. He was 40 years old.
Newman was a member of the prominent Newman family. He was the great nephew of the late state Senator I. DeQuincey Newman, who was also a prominent South Carolina civil rights leader. I. DeQuincey Newman United Methodist Church is named in his honor. His father, Clifton Newman, and sister, Jocelyn Newman, are state Circuit Court judges.
He is survived by his parents, Circuit Judge Clifton Newman and Patricia Newman, as well as brother Corwyn and sisters Jocelyn and Kellee Newman.
Former Columbia city councilman Brian DeQuincey Newman passed away on January 3, 2023, at the age of 40.
Brian DeQuincey Newman Cause of Death
Attorney Brian DeQuincey Newman died due to a blood clot in the heart, WLTX reported.
Brian DeQuincey Newman Obituary
Brian DeQuincey Newman’s obituary was published by The State on Jan. 8, 2023. A copy of the obituary is available online on Legacy.com, a global network of online obituaries. His funeral service was held on Monday, January 9, 2023, at Brookland Baptist Church, 1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to I. DeQuincey Newman United Methodist Church, 7801 Wilson Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29201.