Tweet: @ChadPergram: Former Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Mervyn Dymally (D-CA) dies at age 86. Was CA’s highest-ranking black official. Served at Lt. Gov.
Former California Congressman Mervyn Dymally, who was in public life for more than four decades and was California’s highest ranking black official, died yesterday at 86.
Dymally was born in Trinidad and was a former janitor before entering politics in 1963. He represented Compton and Watts in Congress and was a mentor to Rep. Maxine Waters who now serves in his seat.
Dymally served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus while in Congress.
Like so many black lawmakers before him, Dymally was tainted by several investigations of bribery and pay-for-play campaign contributions but like so many before him the charges where never formalized or proven.
AP: “We politicians … think we are very important, but we are not that important, and regular people don’t seem to be that concerned about a lot of the legislation that we pass,” he told the Associated Press in a 2002 interview. “My legacy has not been my legislation. My legacy has been my openness.”