Mervyn M. DymallyDemocratic
Born: May 12, 1926 in Cedros, Trinidad, British West Indies
Married: Alice Gueno (in 1953)
Children: Mark and Lynn
Died: October 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA
Previous: "Involved in the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles"
1960: Field Coordinator, John F. Kennedy Campaign for President
1975: Resigned from the State Senate on January 6.
????: Honorary Consul, Republic of Benin
2008: Primary Candidate for SD-25 (Lost; 34.8%)
2008-2012: Director, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) Urban Health Institute
- In 1966, Dymally was the first African-American to serve in the State Senate.
- In 1975, Dymally was the first African-American Lieutenant Governor in the United States. He also was the second African-American constitutional officer in California’s history. Of note is that the third African-American constitutional officer (Jerome Horton) was also a 2008 candidate for SD-25.
- In 1980, Dymally was the first foreign-born African-American ever to be elected to Congress.
- PLACENAME: The Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing is located at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.
- Lynn Dymally was a 1993 Woman of the Year (27th Senate District) [selected by Bill Greene]
- LEGISLATION: Dymally was the author of SJR 22 (1971) which provided California's ratification of the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, lowering the voting age to 18. (Res. Chapt. 45, Stats of 1971)
Source: California Blue Book (1961), (1971)
Source: California Legislature Handbook (2007-08)