The political climate around the world can make anyone jaded. But, we need Believers in politics making decisions. In this episode, I sat down with Calvin Smyre a career politician and soon to be U. S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic to talk all things politics. As the longest-serving member of the Georgia Legislature, Calvin Smyre is no stranger to politics.
Calvin Smyre is an American politician serving as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives for the 135th district. Elected in 1974, he is the longest-serving member of the Georgia Legislature.
Rep. Smyre was born in Columbus, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fort Valley State University with a focus in business administration.
Rep. Smyre has served as a delegate for Georgia to every Democratic National Convention since 1980, and became the first African American member elected from Georgia to the Democratic National Committee in 1984. He advised the presidential campaigns of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Al Gore, and served as an elector for Georgia to the Electoral College in 1980, 1992, and 2020.
On September 22, 2021, it was announced that President Joe Biden would nominate Calvin Smyre to serve as United States ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
Calvin Smyre's Take on Politics Today
In this episode we covered…
- How Calvin Smyre became the youngest member elected to the Georgia House of Representatives
- How felt when one of his pieces of landmark legislation, the Georgia Dome, was torn down
- What keeps him going after being in politics for 48 years
- The role does he believes politics plays in today’s society
- Whether he recommends pursuing a career in politics and why
- How he felt in 2021, when President Joe Biden nominated him to serve as United States ambassador to the Dominican Republic
- Why is he so committed to the success of young people
- The advice he has for someone who believes they are being called into politics
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