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Mervyn Dymally, longtime CA lawmaker, dies

Lt. Gov. Mervyn Dymally announces his candidacy for re-election at a press conference in Los Angeles on Jan. 24, 1978. Dymally died in Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at the age of 86. (Nick Ut)

October 7, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Mervyn Dymally, the former California lieutenant governor, senator and assemblyman who also served in Congress for more than a decade, has died. He was 86.

A former press secretary for the lawmaker said Dymally died Sunday in Los Angeles. The Democrat's health had been in decline.

Dymally served in state office for more than two decades and spent another 12 years in Congress representing the South Los Angeles area since his political career began in 1963.

Dymally, who was born in Trinidad, became the state's first black lieutenant governor when he was elected in 1975.

Dymally was survived by his wife Alice, a son and a daughter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.