Neal Clayburn is running to represent District 29 in the Nebraska Legislature.
He will work to advance key priorities including:
“I’ve been blessed to have served in the U.S. Navy, to intern for the Majority Whip in Congress, be a summer program director for the Boy Scouts of America, to teach and coach and to serve educators in Nebraska as an advocate,” said Clayburn.
“My experience will allow me to hit the ground running and to work developing solutions to tackle difficult problems.”
Clayburn serves on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America Cornhusker Council, participates in the South Downtown (SODO) community engagement activities, is Chairman of the Board of the Educators Health Alliance, is a Life member of the National Eagle Scout Association and a Leadership Lincoln graduate with Class XIII. A 1st Degree Black Belt in the American Taekwondo Association, he has coached baseball and football for the YMCA Youth Programs, served as president of the Southwest High School Athletic Boosters, and is a member of the American Legion, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Sesostris Shrine and Scottish Rite.
Clayburn has deep roots in Nebraska. His great, great grandfather Henry Clayburn served in the Nebraska Legislature in 1915, after having the unusual distinction of securing the nomination on both the democratic and republican tickets. His grandmother was born in a sod house in Nebraska, and his grandfather was a professor at Peru State College.
Clayburn worked as a teacher and coached wrestling, football and track in Nebraska before taking a job with the Nebraska State Education Association. He served as the Executive Director of the Lincoln Education Association from 1991 – 2006 and has worked as Associate Executive Director of the NSEA since 2006.
Neal and his wife Shelley, a teacher at Rousseau Elementary School, are members of Trinity United Methodist Church. They have two adult sons and a daughter in law. Nick is a math teacher at Lincoln High School. Nathan is a Postdoctoral researcher at Amherst College, while his wife, Caitlyn Parmelee is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Keene State College.