O’Neal serves now as Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, a position he has held for the last two years. Before that, he served four years on the House Appropriations and Judiciary Committees. He also serves on the House MARTA Oversight Committee and is secretary of the House Governmental Affairs Committee.
His rise in the Georgia House can only be described as meteoric, a success which could not have been anticipated when, as a Houston County Democrat, he lost his first race for the House to Republican incumbent Pam Bohannon. After a switch to the GOP, however, O’Neal won the special election to fill Bohannon’s seat when she left the House to run for mayor of Warner Robins in 2001.
When he is not serving as representative from House District 146, he is a practicing attorney in the Warner Robins firm of O’Neal, Long and Hall.
O’Neal earned a BBA degree from the University of Georgia and a Law Degree from Mercer.