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  Neal, Joe
NameJoe Neal
Address304 Lance Ave
Las Vegas, Nevada , United States
Born July 28, 1935 (84 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Nov 18, 2017 02:57am
Tags Black - Widowed - U.S. Air Force -
Info"I don't care what people say-Lyndon LaRouche isn't a loose cannon. He's a brilliant man."

Neal has lived in Nevada since 1954. He lost his wife to breast cancer in 1997 after 32 years of marriage. He is the father of five and grandfather of seven.

A Louisiana native, he graduated from Southern University in 1963 with a degree in political science and history. He did postgraduate work in law. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Applied Science in Chicago, Illinois, where he studied civil identification and criminal investigation.

After 25 years in personnel administration, he retired as assistant to the general legal counsel of Reynolds Electrical & Engineering Company, Inc. After retiring, he taught constitutional democracy at Community College of Southern Nevada. A Las Vegas elementary school bears his name.

In 1992, he received the prestigious Elijah Lovejoy Award from the Elks Grand Lodge. The award was named for the pre-Civil War newspaper editor who opposed slavery. Because of his views, Lovejoy was murdered by a midnight mob and his printing press thrown into a nearby river. ( Lovejoy's son is buried near Fallon, Nev.)

Previous recipients of the Lovejoy Award include the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., United Nations Ambassador Ralph Bunche (like Dr. King, a Nobel Peace Prize winner), reknowned soprano Marian Anderson and United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Born in Mounds, La., on July 28, 1935, Sen. Neal served four years in the United States Air Force and has been a member of the Nevada State Senate since 1972. He ran for governor in 1998 and was re-elected to a record-tying eighth senate term in the 2000 primary.

During his 30 years in the upper house, he has served on every senate committee and has chaired both the Human Resources and the Natural Resources committees. In the 2001 session, he was again the ranking Democrat on the powerful Finance Committee and also sat on the Taxation and Government Affairs committees.

In 1991, he was elected by the full Nevada State Senate (both Democrats and Republicans) as Senate President Pro-Tem. In that Constitutional position, he served as acting governor of Nevada twice in that year..

During the 1980 special legislative session, he presided over a joint session of the Nevada State Senate and Nevada State Assembly to ratify the California-Nevada Lake Tahoe Regional Planning Compact.

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Nevada Senate since 1972, three special and 15 regular sessions. His current term expires in 2004.
Presided over special legislative session on Lake Tahoe bi-state compact, 1980
Member, Interim Finance Committee, 1985-86, 1997-present.
Assistant Majority Floor Leader, 1985
Assistant Minority Floor Leader, 1987
Minority Floor Leader, regular session, 1989
State Senate President Pro Tempore, 1991
Acting Governor of Nevada, 1991
1997-1999 interim committee assignments
Legislative Commission and its Audit Subcommittee
Committee to Review Regulations
Legislative Commission Utility Oversight Committee
1999-2001 Interim Assignments:
Interim Committees
Interim Finance Committee
Legislative Commission Security Committee
Statutory Committees
Audit Subcommittee
Committee to Review Regulations
Committee on Distribution among Local Governments of Revenue from State and Local Taxes
Subcommittee on (DMV) Project Genesis/Department of Information Technology (DoIT).
Study Committees
System of Juvenile Justice in Nevada
Pension Plan for Certain Justices and Judges
Council of State Governments
Committee on Border States Issues

Download 2001-2003 Interim Committee Assignments


Order of Elks Lodge No. 1508
Clark County Democratic Central Committee;
Nevada State Democratic Central Committee
Phi Beta Sigma
Member and former chair, Clark County Economic Opportunity Board

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Daughter Dina Neal 1972-

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  11/07/2000 NV State Senate - Clark 04 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
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NV US President - D Caucus - Feb 20, 2016 D Hillary Clinton
US President - D Primaries - Jun 09, 2004 D Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
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