‘The guy in the glass’: Longtime Rep. Calvin Smyre wraps 48 years in office

April 4, 2022
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State Rep. Calvin Smyre, 74, will wrap up 48-years at the Capitol on Monday. Historians say the Columbus Democrat has served more consecutive years in office than any other lawmaker. Here’s a look back at Smyre’s years in office.

When Calvin Smyre was in his early 20s, an academic setback caused him to take a look in the mirror and he didn’t like what he saw.

His grades weren’t great, he wasn’t taking school seriously and he didn’t get to graduate with the rest of his class.

Now 74, the Columbus Democrat will hear the gavel fall for the last time in the Georgia House on Monday when he retires after a storied 48 years in office. He will walk out proud of the man he’s become.

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