Mervyn M. Dymally

Lt. Gov. Mervyn M. Dymally

Former Lt. Governor Merv Dymally died in Los Angeles yesterday.

Dymally, who was first elected in 1962, saw the legislature move from part-time to full-time in 1966 and returned in 2002 to serve for six years in the term-limited era.

He also served as Lt. Governor during Jerry Brown‘s first administration and as a Member of Congress in the 1980s.

His service lasted so long that, when the Legislative Black Caucus designed a poster in 2007 that included photos of all of the African-Americans who had served in the legislature, Dymally was accidentally included twice.


The only post-Statehood Presidents who don’t have California schools named after them are Andrew Johnson, Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester A. Arthur, Richard M. Nixon, and George H. W. Bush.