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Mervyn Dymally
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 52nd district
In office
December 7, 2002 – December 1, 2008
Preceded by Carl Washington
Succeeded by Isadore Hall III
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 31st district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Charles H. Wilson
Succeeded by Walter R. Tucker III (Redistricting)
41st Lieutenant Governor of California
In office
January 6, 1975 – January 8, 1979
Governor Jerry Brown
Preceded by John L. Harmer
Succeeded by Mike Curb
Member of the California Senate
from the 29th district
In office
January 2, 1967 – January 6, 1975
Preceded by Vernon Sturgeon
Succeeded by Bill Greene
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 53rd district
In office
January 7, 1963 – January 2, 1967
Preceded by Montivel Burke
Succeeded by Bill Greene
Personal details
Born
Mervyn Malcolm Dymally

(1926-05-12)May 12, 1926
Cedros, Trinidad and Tobago
Died October 7, 2012(2012-10-07) (aged 86)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place Holy Cross Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Amentha Wilkes
Alice Gueno
Children 2
Education California State University, Los Angeles (BA)
California State University, Sacramento (MA)
Alliant International University, San Diego (PhD)

Mervyn Malcolm Dymally (May 12, 1926 – October 7, 2012) was an American politician from California. He served in the California State Assembly (1963–66) and the California State Senate (1967–75) as the 41st Lieutenant Governor of California (1975–79) and in the U.S. House of Representatives (1981–93). Dymally returned to politics a decade later to serve in the California State Assembly (2003–08).

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. Edward W. Brooke, III (R) had been elected Attorney General of Massachusetts in 1962 and 1964, and was elected to the United States Senate from Massachusetts in 1966 and 1972. 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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