A Maryland State Senator from December 1996 to January 2003 and Maryland’s Secretary of Health since February 2018, the life of Robert Neall has been one clearly committed to service.
Born in Baltimore in 1948, Neall would choose service at an early age. He’d attend the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in 1967, serve in the United States Navy in 1967 and 1968, then attend the U.S. Military Academy from 1968-1969. Following his initial military service, Neall would return home where he’d attend and graduate from Anne Arundel Community College in 1971, the University of Maryland in 1972 and the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1974.
Neall’s political career would begin quickly after law school. He’d be elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1975 representing Maryland’s 33rd legislative district. He’d serve there for twelve years as a member of the Appropriations Committee rising to become the Minority Whip from 1979-1983 and the Minority Leader from 1983-1987.
He would be elected Anne Arundel County Executive in 1990 and serve until 1994 before being elected to the Maryland Senate where he would serve from 1996 until 2003. His time in the Senate would see him serve as a member of the Budget and Taxation Committee where he would come to serve as the Chairman of its Education, Business & Administration Subcommittee from 2000-2003.
His time as an elected official would see him receive numerous recognitions and awards. He’d be selected as a recipient of Maryland’s Best State Legislator Award by Baltimore Magazine in 1986, as a Distinguished Alumni Award winner by the University of Maryland in 1987, and as a recipient of the prestigious Maryland First Citizen Award in 2001.
Neall’s public service would take a new turn as he’d be appointed Maryland’s Secretary of Health in 2018 by Governor Larry Hogan where he serves to this day working to protect the physical, mental, and social health of all Marylanders.