Pelosi to host memorial service for Mervyn Dymally in Washington

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The late Mervyn M. Dymally, a pioneering Los Angeles-based lawmaker for decades, will be honored at a Dec. 12 memorial service in Washington, it was announced Tuesday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) will host the event, scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the House Visitors Center, Room 215.


Among those slated to speak are Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Karen Bass of Los Angeles and Janice Hahn of San Pedro.

Dymally, who served in Congress and in the state Legislature, was the first African American to be elected California lieutenant governor. He helped foster the political careers of many others in the Los Angeles area, earning him the nickname ‘Godfather of African American politics’ in California.

He died Oct. 7 at 86.

Born in Trinidad, Dymally was the first foreign-born, naturalized citizen elected to Congress, where he served Los Angeles’ 31st District from 1981 to 1993.

Anyone wishing to attend the event may call (202) 256-0499 or email


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