Monday, September 28, 2009

Smyre honored at Washington event

State Rep. Calvin Smyre of Columbus was honored Saturday night as president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Smyre received the 2009 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Chair’s “Phoenix Award” at the foundation’s 39th annual awards dinner in Washington. The award is presented to those who have made significant contributions to society through their efforts and accomplishments.

Smyre was elected to the House of Representatives in 1974 as the youngest member at age 26.

As a 35-year veteran, he is one of the “Deans” of the delegation. He serves on the Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for dividing the $20 billion state budget. Smyre is chairman of the House Minority Caucus.

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