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Mervyn M. Dymally


Picture of Mervyn M. Dymally
CA State Assembly
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1962 Democratic AD-53 35296 Win
11-03-1964 Democratic AD-53 48427 Win
11-08-1966 Democratic SD-29 82928 Win
11-05-1968 Democratic SD-29 90406 Win
11-07-1972 Democratic SD-29 89664 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic Lieutenant Governor 2986537 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic Lieutenant Governor 2928329 Loss
11-04-1980 Democratic CD-31 69146 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic CD-31 86718 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic CD-31 100658 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic CD-31 77126 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic CD-31 100919 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic CD-31 56394 Win
11-05-2002 Democratic AD-52 36282 Win
11-02-2004 Democratic AD-52 59923 Win
11-07-2006 Democratic AD-52 37959 Win

Candidate Biography:

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)