Rep. Calvin Smyre ends service for Ga.’s House of Representatives after 48 years

Published: Apr. 4, 2022 at 6:46 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (WTVM) - A historic run came to an end today in Atlanta. Representative Calvin Smyre’s 48-year career has come to an end.

Smyre has served in Georgia’s House of Representatives longer than any other member.

He’s been appointed as the ambassador to the Dominican Republic by President Joe Biden, and confirmation for the position will begin in the near future.

Known for his bipartisanship efforts, the recognitions for Smyre rolled in from both sides of the aisle, in the House and Senate.

His work left such a mark in the state legislature that they unveiled a portrait of him to be hung in the State Capitol, forever immortalizing his work.

“That’s beyond more than anything I would have ever expected on today, to have a portrait that’s going to be hanging in the State Capitol in perpetuity of my honor. That’s a major, major honor in the chamber to have your portrait hun here in the State Capitol,” expressed Smyre.

So sine die 2022 comes with added significance, and Smyre leaves his post reminding his colleagues to plant seeds to trees for the shade you may never see.

You may have heard a quote from Smyre, “If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know it didn’t get there by itself,” reminding his colleagues to help others along the way.

During his tenure, Smyre worked with nine presidents, seven Georgia governors, ten Mayors of Columbus, and eight from Atlanta.


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