Samuel L. Neal, Jr. (Loyd Neal)
Judge Neal was first elected Mayor of the City of Corpus Christi in April 1997, and was re-elected for his fourth and final term in April 2003. He had an over 40 year career in Insurance in Corpus Christi prior to becoming County Judge in January 2007. As an insurance professional, he holds the following Professional Designations: CPCU, CLU, CIC, ARM and CPIA. He was elected Nueces County Judge in November 2006, taking office January 2, 2007. Loyd is the first Republican elected to this office in over 140 years. In November 2010, Judge Neal was re-elected to his second term starting January 2011.
In 2000, Loyd Neal was installed as President for the Texas Municipal League and served through November 2001. He served as Chairman of the South Texas Military Facilities Task Force, was appointed by Governor George W. Bush to the Texas Strategic Military Planning Commission in 1997, and was reappointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission in 2005. Loyd Neal has served in numerous leadership positions in the Corpus Christi area over the past 30 years including:
- President, Texas Municipal League - 2000/2001
- Chairman, the South Texas Military Facilities Task Force - 1991-2005
- Appointed by Governor George W. Bush to the Texas Strategic Military Planning Commission in 1997
- Appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission in 2005
- Chairman, Corpus Christi Economic Development Corp
- Chairman, Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce
- Chairman, Art Museum of South Texas
- Chairman, South Texas Homeport Committee
- President, Corpus Christi Navy League
- Chairman, Leadership Corpus Christi Alumni
- President, Corpus Christi Rotary Club
- Adjunct Professor of Insurance at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi 1973/1998; 2009 & 2010
- Driscoll Foundation Trustee - 2005 to present
- Driscoll Children's Hospital Board - 2005 to present, Chairman 2012
- Del Mar College Foundation Trustee - 1987 to 2012
Loyd Neal received his B.B.A. in Marketing from Texas A&M University, College Station in 1959. While at Texas A&M, Loyd was a member of the Corp of Cadets, a distinguished student, a distinguished military student and a distinguished military graduate. He received his MBA in Business Administration from Texas A&I University in 1973. In 1989, Loyd Neal retired as a Colonel from the Army Reserve, after serving more than 30 years in the active Army and Army Reserve.
In 1992, Loyd was named a Distinguished Alumnus by Texas A&M University for his service to his City, his State, and his Country.
A lifetime of community service, commitment to our Nations Defense, support of family values, and conservative government, as well as having the benefit of serving the Citizens of Nueces County as Mayor of the City of Corpus Christi and County Judge have uniquely qualified him to lead Nueces County into a new decade.