Governor Sisolak issues statement on passing of longtime legislator Joe Neal

CARSON CITY, NV – January 01, 2021

Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued the following statement on the passing of Joe Neal, a former long-time Nevada State Senator.

“I was deeply upset and saddened to hear of the death of Joe Neal, the second longest serving State Senator in Nevada history, a champion for the African-American community, a warrior for social justice, and a tireless advocate for Nevada’s workers. True to his nature, Joe fought until the very end, battling illness for a long time.

Joe was known as "the Westside Slugger” and as “the Conscience of the Legislature” because of his dedication to civil rights, his tenacity, and his impassioned speeches. As the first African-American elected to the Senate in our State, Joe served for more than three decades and paved the way for many more fighters to enter the arena in the State of Nevada.

Senator Joe Neal will continue to be known as one of Nevada’s greatest legends, and his legacy will leave an indelible mark on our State. There is no doubt Nevada is a better place because of his fearless service.

Kathy and I send our love and condolences to the Neal family – including his daughter, State Senator Dina Neal – and friends and we’ll keep them in our thoughts and prayers over the difficult days ahead.”

On the date of Senator Neal’s interment, the Governor will order flags in the State lowered to half-staff in his honor.



Meghin Delaney  
Communications Director