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  Dymally, Mervyn M.
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NameMervyn M. Dymally
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Compton, California , United States
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Born May 12, 1926
DiedOctober 07, 2012 (86 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifedDavid
Jun 23, 2020 10:49am
Tags African - Indian - Episcopalian -
InfoMervyn Malcolm Dymally

Mervyn M. Dymally said recently, "I am busier than ever." Mr. Dymally is currently busy doing a great deal of civic work in education, state politics and international affairs (Africa, Asia and the Caribbean).

Dymally originally came to the United States from Trinidad, West Indies at nineteen to become journalism major at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. In Trinidad he was a staff reporter for The Vanguard, a weekly newspaper published by the Oil Workers Trade Union.

From Missouri, Dymally traveled to California where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Los Angeles State College and began his teaching career in Special Education with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

In 1960, Mr. Dymally worked as Field Coordinator for the Kennedy Campaign, then successfully ran for the Assembly in 1962. In 1966, he became the first African American to serve in the State Senate. In 1974 he again made history when he was elected as Lieutenant Governor. In 1980 he ran for Congress representing South Los Angeles County becoming the first foreign-born black to serve in the United States Congress.

Since his retirement from Congress in 1992, Mr. Dymally has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. He is a Distinguished professor at Central State University, Ohio and a member of the Faculty at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.

Dr. Dymally holds a Master's degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento, and a Ph.D. in Human Behavior from United States International University, San Diego. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Honor Scholastic Society. The former Congressman was Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and of the Subcommittee on Africa within the Committee of Foreign Affairs. He is married to the former teacher, Alice Gueno of New Orleans who was a teacher. He is the father of two children, Mark and Lynn, and the grandfather of Miya Dymally, Christian Dymally and Cameron Dymally.

Dymally presently serves as Honorary Consul, Republic of Benin, West Africa. He is Vice-President, Pacific Century Institute (China, Korea, Japan, US) and President of the Surplus Book Foundation, Inc. in Sacramento.

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  06/03/2008 CA State Senate 25 - D Primary Lost 34.83% (-8.93%)
  11/07/2006 CA State Assembly 52 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  06/06/2006 CA State Assembly 52 - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/2004 CA State Assembly 52 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  03/02/2004 CA State Assembly 52 - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/2002 CA State Assembly 52 Won 89.53% (+79.06%)
  03/05/2002 CA State Assembly 52- D Primary Won 52.02% (+29.19%)
  11/06/1990 CA District 31 Won 67.15% (+34.29%)
  06/05/1990 CA District 31 - D Primary Won 72.75% (+57.38%)
  11/08/1988 CA District 31 Won 71.56% (+46.02%)
  06/07/1988 CA District 31 - D Primary Won 85.42% (+70.84%)
  11/04/1986 CA District 31 Won 70.25% (+42.63%)
  06/03/1986 CA District 31 - D Primary Won 84.67% (+69.34%)
  11/06/1984 CA District 31 Won 70.71% (+41.42%)
  06/05/1984 CA District 31 - D Primary Won 83.98% (+67.96%)
  11/02/1982 CA District 31 Won 72.41% (+44.82%)
  06/08/1982 CA District 31 - D Primary Won 77.30% (+64.60%)
  11/04/1980 CA District 31 Won 64.41% (+28.82%)
  06/03/1980 CA District 31 - D Primary Won 49.09% (+25.28%)
  11/07/1978 CA Lt. Governor Lost 43.28% (-8.36%)
  06/06/1978 CA Lt. Governor - D Primary Won 55.33% (+33.63%)
  11/05/1974 CA Lt. Governor Won 49.18% (+2.86%)
  06/04/1974 CA Lt. Governor - D Primary Won 29.94% (+5.59%)
  11/07/1972 CA State Senate 29 Won 87.01% (+74.02%)
  11/05/1968 CA State Senate 29 Won 82.61% (+67.42%)
  11/08/1966 CA State Senate 29 Won 78.52% (+57.04%)
  11/03/1964 CA State Assembly 53 Won 90.56% (+81.12%)
  11/06/1962 CA State Assembly 53 Won 80.12% (+60.23%)
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Los Angeles City Council - District 2 Special Election - Sep 22, 2009 N Christine Essel
CA State Assembly 19 - D Primary - Jun 03, 2008 D Gina Papan
CA US President - D Primary - Feb 05, 2008 D Hillary Clinton
CA - District 37 - Special Election Runoff - Aug 21, 2007 D Laura Richardson
CA District 37 - Special Election - Jun 26, 2007 D Laura Richardson
Los Angeles District Attorney - Mar 02, 2004 D Nick Pacheco
CA Secretary of State - D Primary - Mar 05, 2002 D March K. Fong Eu
US President - D Convention - Jul 15, 1976 D Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr.