ABOUT REP. BRIAN C. NEWBERRY
Brian C. Newberry (R) represents District 48, covering all of North Smithfield and part of Burrillville. First elected in November 2008, he served as the House Minority Leader from May 2011 through November 2016, when he chose not to seek re-election. He serves as an active member of five House standing committees, which include Oversight (reviews the operation and efficiency of various state agencies, and fulfills the separation of powers legislative role); Corporations (handles matters relating to financial institutions, business regulation, property, casualty and health insurance, technology, telecommunications and consumer protection); Conduct (based on findings, recommends peer disciplinary action); Innovation, Internet and Technology (considers all matters relating to new technologies); and Rules (considers all matters relating to the rules and operations of the House).
Newberry is known as a thoughtful advocate for government reform and an articulate legislator in House floor debates. During his tenure as Minority Leader he was the spokesperson for the caucus’ policy positions and successfully championed the overall legislative agenda. He is a responsive lawmaker and encourages constituent participation in government policy development.
During the 2020/21 legislative sessions, the Republican Caucus moved the needle on a number of important state government issues on behalf of Rhode Island’s hardworking taxpayers. Please click here to view the RI House Minority Report: 2020/21 Legislative Session Recap for an impressive list of caucus accomplishments.
An attorney specializing in commercial litigation and professional malpractice defense, Representative Newberry is a Partner in the law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP. Admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as on occasion pro hac vice in New Hampshire and Delaware, he has tried numerous cases in multiple states and in a variety of forums. He has argued multiple appeals before the Supreme Courts of Rhode Island and Delaware, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. He earned his Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude, from Temple University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
A Little League and Soccer Association Coach, and member of Central Congregational Church, Newberry is the former Vice-Chairman of the North Smithfield Republican Town Committee and was the former Chairman of the North Smithfield Juvenile Hearing Board.
Newberry resides in North Smithfield with his wife, Elizabeth and their three children, Diane, Liam and Aidan.
2019 RI FREEDOM INDEX LEGISLATOR SCORECARD
The 2019 Freedom Index was created by the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity. The Freedom Index examines a legislator's voting record in terms of their likely effect on the free market, the size and scope of government, the balance of residents' interests against those of public employees and beneficiaries, and the constitutional structure of government over the people it represents. In the Rhode Island General Assembly, 95 pieces of legislation were analyzed from the 2019 legislative session. The membership of the House Republican Caucus ranked in the top fifteen of Rhode Island General Assembly legislators (there are 110) who consistently vote for liberty in the State of Rhode Island.
48TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
53 Follett Street
North Smithfield, RI 02896
82 Smith Street, Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
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