EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-02
ORDERING FLAGS TO HALF STAFF AS A MARK OF RESPECT AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF JOSEPH M. NEAL
WHEREAS, Joseph M. Neal was born on July 28, 1935, in Mound, Louisiana, later moving to Las Vegas after graduating high school, where he dedicated his life to serving the people of the great state of Nevada;
WHEREAS, Joseph M. Neal honorably served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958, and after he left the military, he attended Southern University where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and history;
WHEREAS, after earning his undergraduate degree, Joseph M. Neal moved on to study law and civil identification and criminal investigation at the Institute of Applied Science in Chicago;
WHEREAS, upon his return to Las Vegas, Joseph M. Neal began working at Reynolds Electrical and Engineering as an Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer where he worked to integrate the company by enforcing the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
WHEREAS, this began his decades-long career fighting against injustices and inequality, and after many years of working towards a fair and equal workforce for all, Joseph was elected to the Nevada State Senate representing North Las Vegas, making history as the first black Nevada State Senator;
WHEREAS, Joseph M Neal served in the Nevada State Senate for sixteen regular sessions and seven special sessions, where he was not afraid to speak his mind and speak up for those who did not have a voice;
WHEREAS, Joseph M Neal served as Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Assistant Minority Floor Leader, Minority Floor Leader, and President Pro Tern during his tenure in the legislature, and he ran for Governor during two separate elections, making history again as the first black person in Nevada to become a major-party nominee for Governor;
WHEREAS, Joseph M. Neal spent the majority of his life fighting to make Nevada a better place to live for all residents, leaving a lasting impression on all those who had the pleasure of working with him;
WHEREAS, Joseph M. Neal will be sincerely missed, and the State of Nevada honors him for his lifelong service to the Silver State;
WHEREAS, Article 5, Section 1 of the Nevada Constitution provides: ""!be supreme executive power of this State, shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate who shall be Governor of the State of Nevada."
NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of Nevada and the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:
The flags of the United States and the State of Nevada shall be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and all state public buildings and grounds from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, January 16, 2021, AS A MARK OF RESPECT AND in remembrance of Joseph M. Neal.