Stephen L. Neal

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Stephen L. Neal
Stephen L. Neal.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byWilmer Mizell
Succeeded byRichard Burr
Personal details
Born (1934-11-07) November 7, 1934 (age 86)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Hawaii

Stephen Lybrook "Steve" Neal (born November 7, 1934) is a former North Carolina Democratic politician who served ten terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (1975–1995).

Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Neal moved to California, graduated from Narbonne High School in Lomita in 1952, and eventually graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1959.

Neal was first elected to Congress in an upset victory over incumbent Republican Wilmer Mizell, better known as former major league pitcher Vinegar Bend Mizell. However, Neal benefited from voter anger over the Watergate Scandal, which resulted in dozens of Republican incumbents being defeated. He was reelected nine more times against vigorous opposition in a district that stretched from Winston-Salem to the Blue Ridge, even as the area grew more conservative.

He chose not to seek re-election in 1994, and his seat was won that November by his 1992 opponent, future Senator Richard Burr.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Stephen L. Neal (id: N000016)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
  • Mitchell, Robert Wayne (2003). Political Shifts During the Carter Years: North Carolina Conservativsm and Stokes County's Perception of Tobacco, The Economy, and Foreign Policy (PDF) (Thesis). North Carolina State University. Retrieved November 10, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Wilmer David Mizell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Richard Burr