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Sen. Joe Neal (D-North Las Vegas), has lived in Nevada for 44 years. Recently widowed, he lost his wife to breast cancer after 32 years of marriage. He is the father of five and grandfather of five. After 25 years in personnel administration, he retired as assistant to the general legal counsel of Reynolds Electrical & Engineering Company, Inc.
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. He currently teaches 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. One night, a mob came to his newspaper building. Lovejoy was murdered and his printing press thrown in a nearby river.
Previous recipients include the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., United Nations official Ralph Bunche, Soprano Marian Anderson and United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Neal, 62, served four years in the United States Air Force and has been a member of the Nevada State Senate since first elected in 1972.
During his quarter-century in the legislature, he has served on every committee save government affairs. He has chaired both the Human Resources and Natural Resources committees and has been a member of the powerful Finance Committee.
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 in 1991.
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 Tahoe Regional Planning Compact. He currently serves on the prestigious Legislative Commission which acts on legislative matters between sessions.
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