Rick will be the first openly LGBTQ Member of Congress from Ohio.
Rick Neal is a community activist in Ohio, following a career abroad in public health and humanitarian relief. He served in the Peace Corps after college as a teacher and health educator. He studied public health in the U.S. and then went to work with those who needed it most. He ran relief programs for refugees and displaced people in Asia and Africa; he launched a hospital reconstruction project in Afghanistan and joined the humanitarian response in Jordan following the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Back again in the U.S., Rick went to Washington to advocate on behalf of refugees. In 2007, Rick married Ohio native Tom Grote; they now live in Columbus raising their two adopted daughters. Rick and Tom are leaders in the Columbus LGBTQ community and have been deeply involved in the fight for marriage equality and the protection of LGBTQ civil rights. In 2014, Rick returned briefly to Africa, where he was stationed for a month in the Liberian capital of Monrovia at the height of the Ebola epidemic, assisting in the construction of a 100-bed field hospital. Following the 2016 election, Rick joined thousands of Ohioans in pushing back against the policies of the new administration. He understands that Congress is not doing its job and that the 15th district needs a representative ready to fight for better paying jobs, affordable healthcare, and solutions to the opioid crisis.