Calvin (Calvin) Smyre (D-135)

State Representative Calvin Smyre

Calvin (Calvin) Smyre (D-135)
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Capitol: 404.656.0109
FAX: 404.656.5644
District: 706.649.2243
Georgia House of Representatives
Room 404-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building 18 Capitol Square, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
PO Box 181
Columbus, GA 31902-0120
Residence:Columbus, GA

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State Representative Calvin Smyre earned his B.S. degree from Fort Valley State University, majoring in Business Administration, with a minor in Accounting. His career path has taken him from being a community organizer and director of the "War on Poverty" program in Columbus, Georgia, to his current positions as Executive Vice President, Corporate External Affairs, Synovus and President of the Synovus Foundation. He also serves on the company's eight-member Corporate Executive Group. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1974 as its youngest member at 26 years of age. As a 33-year legislative veteran and one of the "Deans" he serves on the most important panels of the House. In the state's budgetary process he serves on the Appropriations Committee. He is also a member of the powerful calendar-setting Rules Committee as well as Chairman of the House Minority Caucus. Representative Smyre has served as Chairman of the House Rules Committee and University System of Georgia Committee, and he served as Chairman of the House Industrial Relations Committee from 1991 to July 1993. Rep. Smyre has a distinguished legislative record. In 1979 he was elected by his peers as Chairman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and in 1982 was elected President of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials. In 1983 he was appointed Assistant Administrative Floor Leader, and in 1986 in an historic move Governor Harris appointed him Administrative Floor Leader, thus becoming the first African-American in history to hold this position. In 1985 he was elected to the Democratic National Committee, also becoming the first African-American elected official from Georgia to serve in this post. Nationally, he is President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, a member of the Assembly on State Issues of the National Conference of State Legislators; and he also serves as a Synovus representation on the Financial Services Roundtable. In 1980 he was selected by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the "Ten Best Legislators" in the State and in 1985 and 2005 he was selected by his peers as the National "Legislator of the Year". He has been honored twice as "Citizen of the Year" in his hometown of Columbus. Rep. Smyre was instrumental in the construction of the $62M Columbus RiverCenter and served as Chairman of the six-member Project Development Team from July 1994 - April 2001 to build the facility. He also served as RiverCenter Board Chairman from September 2002 until May 2004. He served as President of the Liberty Theatre Cultural Center, Inc. from 1994 until December 2003. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of- the Morehouse School of Medicine; the Medical College of Georgia Foundation; Columbus State University Foundation; the Columbus Museum and the Fort Valley State University Foundation, where he serves as Chairman. He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; SO-C-837 Club; Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; the Boy Scouts of America and a life member of the NAACP and SCLC. Representative Smyre is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Medical Center, the University of Georgia Foundation, the Jack D. Hughston Hospital Medicine Foundation, and the House of Representatives Health Committee where he served for twelve years. He is also former Chairman of the Columbus Metro Urban League and former National President of the Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association. In 1976 Representative Smyre served as a southern advisor to the Carter/Mondale campaign and in 1980 served as Deputy Campaign Director in Kentucky for Carter/Mondale. He served as a senior advisor in the campaigns of Governor Joe Frank Harris (1982 and 1986) and Governor Zell Miller (1990 and 1994). In 1988 and 1990 he served as Campaign Director of the Georgia Democratic Party Unified Campaign Committee and in 1992 and 1996 he chaired the Georgia Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign. In 1992 and 1996 Representative Smyre served as a Co-Chairman of the Clinton/Gore Campaign in Georgia. In 1998 he served on the Finance Committee of the Barnes for Governor Campaign and also served as Vice Chairman of the Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign. In 2000 Rep. Smyre served again as Chairman of the GA. Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign and Vice Chair of the Gore 2000 Campaign Georgia Committee and also served as an advisor to the Vice President's' unsuccessful campaign. In an historic move Governor Roy Barnes named Rep. Smyre Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia in September, 2001 thus becoming the first African American to chair the State Party. Representative Smyre has been selected as a delegate to attend the past seven Democratic National Conventions. Born in Columbus, Georgia, Representative Smyre is a life-long member of Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church in Columbus and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1974    Next Election: 2022
DOB: 5/17/1947
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