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Joe Neal, Nevada’s first Black state senator, dies at 85

"My Dad, after a long-fought battle, succumbed to an illness," stated his daughter, Sen. Dina...
"My Dad, after a long-fought battle, succumbed to an illness," stated his daughter, Sen. Dina Neal, D-North Las Vegas. "He passed away at 10:25 p.m. Dec. 31 at Dignity Health, Sienna Campus, in Henderson, where he received the best care, surrounded by family," she added.(KTNV)
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 1:41 PM PST
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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.”

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