Dave O'Neal

David C. O’Neal
41st Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
In office
January 10, 1977 – July 31, 1981
GovernorJames R. Thompson
Preceded byNeil Hartigan
Succeeded byGeorge H. Ryan
Personal details
Born (1937-01-24) January 24, 1937 (age 82)
Belleville, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ProfessionPolitician, pharmacist and businessman

David C. O’Neal (born January 24, 1937) was the 41st Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, serving from 1977 to 1981. For six years he served as Saint Clair County Sheriff, the first Republican to hold that office in twenty years.


O’Neal was born January 24, 1937 in Belleville, Illinois. He graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and is a former ministerial student and United States Marine. Prior to entering politics O’Neal was a pharmacist and businessman. He served as a member of the executive and economic development committees of the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors and the governing boards of McKendree University in Lebanon, and the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy. He is the recipient of the Illinois Wisconsin States Association of Elks Humanitarian of the Year and East Saint Louis Model Cities Program Meritorious Services Award and was named Outstanding Young Republican of the United States in 1975 and Outstanding Young Republican of Illinois in 1971.

In 1977, he received the Distinguished Pharmacist Award from the Illinois Pharmacists' Association. An athlete, his hobbies include sports such as tennis, golf, bowling and motorcycling.

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