Mervyn M. Dymally

Mervyn M. Dymally DEMDemocrat

American politician (1926-2012)

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Mervyn M. DymallyDEMDemocrat American politician (1926-2012)
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Age at Death1926-2012
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Mervyn Malcolm Dymally (May 12, 1926 – October 7, 2012) was an American politician from California. He served in the California State Assembly (1963–1966) and the California State Senate (1967–1975) as the 41st Lieutenant Governor of California (1975–1979) and in the U.S. House of Representatives (1981–1993). Dymally returned to politics a decade later to serve in the California State Assembly (2003–2008).Dymally was the first Trinidadian to serve California as State Senator and Lieutenant Governor. He was one of the first persons of Dougla (mixed African and Indian) origin to serve in the U.S. Congress. In 1974, he and George L. Brown became among the first African Americans elected to statewide state office since Oscar Dunn did so during Reconstruction.Dymally was the second African-American to hold statewide office in California, following Wilson Riles who served as California Superintendent of Public Instruction starting in 1971.

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Education7 - 7 of 5
United States International University
PhD Human Behavior
1978
California State University, Sacramento
MA Government
1969
California State University, Los Angeles
BA Education
1954
Chapman College
Attended
Lincoln University
Attended
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
Representative
United States House of Representatives
1981 - 1992
Lieutenant Governor
State of California
1975 - 1979
Senator
California State Senate
1967 - 1974
Field Coordinator
Kennedy Campaign
1960
Faculty Member
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Professor
Central State University, Ohio
Special Education Teacher
Los Angeles Unified School District
State Treasurer
Young Democrats
Other Experience1 - 5 of 5
Honorary Consul
Republic of Benin, West Africa
Member
Phi Kappa Phi
President
Surplus Book Foundation Incorporated
Vice President
Pacific Century Institute
Chair
Congressional Black Caucus