Joe Neal, Nevada’s first Black state senator, dies at 85
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Joe Neal, Nevada’s first Black state senator and a two-time candidate for governor, died Thursday night. He was 85.
Neal’s daughter, state Sen. Dina Neal, and his former campaign manager, Andrew Barbano, said in a statement that Joe Neal “apparently succumbed to multiple system failure” following an unspecified illness.
According to his legislative biography, Joe Neal served in the Nevada Senate from 1973 to 2003. Neal was the first Black person to become a major party nominee for Nevada governor, losing in 2002 to Republican Kenny Guinn.
Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday called him “a pioneer, a fearless fighter and a voice for people often overlooked.”
Sen. Joe Neal will continue to be known as one of Nevada’s greatest legends, & his legacy will leave an indelible mark. There is no doubt Nevada is a better place because of his fearless service.— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) January 1, 2021
Kathy and I send our love & condolences to the Neal family & friends. pic.twitter.com/byZ1VeoOzu
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