Kentucky State Senate District 33

A Proven, Effective Leader

Senator Gerald A. Neal represents the 33rd Senate District in the Kentucky General Assembly. He serves as the Democratic Floor Leader having previously served as the Senate Democratic Caucus Leader. He is the first African American in Kentucky history to do both.

Senator Neal has brought millions of dollars to the 33rd District, in infrastructure improvements, economic development and good jobs for our families. These efforts include millions being acquired for West Louisville.

Gerald and his wife, Kathy, live in the Chickasaw neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. They have two adult children, Brandon, and Kristin.

Gerald Neal speaking in the Senate

Senator Neal knows that everyone deserves quality, affordable healthcare, and he is proud to have been the primary sponsor of the law that created the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP), which expanded Medicaid to working families, providing healthcare coverage for many thousands of Kentucky’s kids annually

A practicing attorney, Gerald obtained his Juris Doctor degree (JD) from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law where he was named a Distinguished Alumni Law Fellow and also received the law school’s highest alumni tribute, the: Lawrence Grauman Award. He previously earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History and Political Science from Kentucky State University (KSU) and was bestowed an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from KSU.

Senator Neal fights for increased investment in education from early childhood to higher education, focusing on teacher recruitment and retention, and curriculum enhancements to prepare students for future challenges.

Senator Neal has also sponsored legislation requiring Kentucky school districts to provide equal educational opportunities and has secured funding for Kentucky’s two HBCUs: Simmons College of Kentucky and his alma mater Kentucky State University.

Senator Neal works for policies aimed at reducing incarceration rates, improving rehabilitation programs, and ensuring fairness and equality in the justice system, including prohibiting racial profiling by law enforcement.

Gerald Neal speaking in the Senate