Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Mervyn Dymally (D-Compton) was sworn into office as a member of the California State Assembly for the last time recently with his
wife, Alice Dymally
, by his
was re-elected to the State Assembly to represent the 52nd Assembly District in 2002, but due to term limits, will be termed out of that office in 2008.Dymally
announced that he
will run for the California state Senate to replace termed-out Senator Edward Vincent in California's 25th Senate District.
The district includes the cities of Inglewood
, Gardena, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Lynwood, Los Angeles, Compton, Long Beach, San Pedro and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
"With the general election behind me, I am even more inspired to continue my career of public service and look forward to returning to the Senate in 2008," Dymally
said.In 1996 Dymally became the first Black to serve in the state Senate and was soon elected as chairman of the Senate Majority Caucus.
While in the Senate, Dymally
introduced the first legislation calling for the equal property rights of women. He also chaired committees on social welfare, military and veterans' affairs, elections and reappointment, and a select committee on medical education and health needs.As a member of the Legislature, he earned a master's degree in government at California State Sacramento in 1969.
The Dymally-Alatorre Bilingual Services Act was signed into law in 1973 to eliminate language barriers that preclude people who do not speak or write English from having equal access to public services. Dymally
also authored the legislation to create what is now known as the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
In 1974 Dymally
made history when he
was elected the first of two Black lieutenant governors in the United States.Later he served 12 years as a member of the U.S. Congress, where he was chair of the Congressional Caucus before retiring from that position in 1992.