Veteran Georgia legislator dies after lengthy illness

State Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta, died Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Murphy, 60, was born in Atlanta and raised in South Carolina’s Edgefield County. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, he was president of an Allstate Insurance Co. affiliate.

He was first elected to the House in 2002.

Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, said Murphy’s constituents have lost a leader and that he has lost a “dear friend.”

“Quincy Murphy spoke with a quiet but powerful voice on behalf of those whom he lifted up each day in his public service,” Ralston said. “Losing Quincy will leave a real void in the Georgia House of Representatives.”

Murphy served on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee as well as the Higher Education Committee.

He is survived by his wife, the former Linda Dianne Dunton, and two children: Jennifer Alisha and William Quincy III.

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, emailed colleagues Friday to inform them of Murphy’s death.

Murphy, Abrams said, “was a vital, strong and essential member of our caucus family, and he will be deeply missed. We were blessed by his service, which spanned community, politics and business. Please keep Quincy’s family in your thoughts and prayers.”