Jay Neal was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2004 and served until being appointed by Governor Deal to serve as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support, and Reentry effective Nov 15, 2013. As Vice-chair of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Neal was asked to carry Agency legislation for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation during his Freshman Year and quickly became the “go to” House Member for GBI legislation. Also in his freshman year, Rep. Neal authored legislation that reduced the number of meth labs in Georgia by 65% in the first year. In 2011, Rep. Neal authored HB265 establishing the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgians which has led to Criminal Justice Reform for Adults and Juveniles. Rep. Neal has shared the story of Criminal Justice Reform in Georgia with numerous States and Conferences over the last two years. Jay Neal has also served for 25 years as a Bi-Vocational Pastor.