Joe Neal

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Joe Neal
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Candidate for
Illinois State Senate District 31
High schoolWarren Township High School (1986)
Bachelor'sSouthern Illinois University Carbondale (1991)
Master'sIllinois Institute of Technology (1998)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Date of birthJuly 8, 1968
Place of birthWadsworth, IL
ProfessionCivil engineer
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Joe Neal was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 31 of the Illinois State Senate. He currently serves as a Precinct Committeeman for District 232.

Neal earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Master's in Transportation Engineering from the Illinois Institute of technology.[1]


Campaign themes


Neal's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Jobs & Economic Growth
Excerpt: "Springfield politicians are chasing jobs out of this state and making it too costly for companies to expand or open shop in Illinois. There’s a reason why Wisconsin has an unemployment rate almost 3 percent lower than Illinois. Living in a district that borders Wisconsin, our jobs are uniquely at risk when Illinois adopts policies hostile to job creators."
  • Budget Reform
Excerpt: "The budget and deficit are out of control! Illinois received $33 billion in revenue last year and yet the Governor’s budget spent $34.5 billion, adding even more debt to our ballooning budget crisis."
  • Strong Leadership
Excerpt: "Our state is suffering from an embarrassing lack of leadership and the results are more than alarming – a $10 billion deficit, 10% unemployment, and unfunded pension liabilities over $85 billion just to name a few."



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Neal ran in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 31. Neal defeated Michael White, Linwood Jarratt and Lawrence Leafblad in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012, and was defeated by Melinda Bush (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5][6]

Illinois State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMelinda Bush 51.4% 42,542
     Republican Joe Neal 48.6% 40,281
Total Votes 82,823
Illinois State Senate, District 31 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Neal 40.2% 6,434
Lawrence Leafblad 25.9% 4,147
Linwood "Lennie" Jarratt 19.5% 3,119
Michael White 14.3% 2,294
Total Votes 15,994


Neal's campaign website listed the following endorsements:[7]

  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Realtors Political Action Committee
  • Senator Dan Duffy
  • Stand for Children
  • Illinois Farm Bureau

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