‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Diane Neal Denied Bid for House Seat (UPDATE)

Diane Neal - ADA Casey Novak in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Diane Neal as Casey Novak

UPDATE (8/27/18):

It doesn’t appear that Law & Order: SVU‘s former star Diane Neal will make the ballot this November.

The actress, who announced her campaign to become a congresswoman of an upstate New York district, was denied her bid after her nominating petition was invalidated. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Neal’s petition included over 4,000 signatures was denied when the state Board of Elections rejected nearly 2,000 of the signatures.

Neal was left shy of the 3,500 signatures that are required to get on the November ballot. But the former actress and hopeful politician isn’t giving up so easily, THR reported that Neal will attempt to successfully win her appeal from the state Supreme Court.

If she does end up on the ballot and were to win the election, it would be the first time that Neal has held political office.


Law & Order: SVU may best remember Diane Neal as ADA Casey Novak, but while she’s played an attorney on-screen, in real life she’s now shooting for something even bigger: She’s running for Congress!

Neal’s campaign is based out of New York and, according to a report from the Daily Freeman, she will need 3,500 signatures to qualify for November’s ballot.

Even more interesting, though the actress is registered as a Democrat, she’s attempting to gain a spot on the ballot as an Independent candidate.

On Tuesday, February 6, Neal officially announced her campaign for New York’s 19th Congressional seat on Twitter. Her enthusiasm for her bid is apparent in the post below.

We’ll have to wait and see what the former TV star’s Law & Order: SVU castmates think of her political ambitions, but clearly she has the ball rolling.

We can’t predict the future, but a TV star winning a political position isn’t out of the realm of possibility. And at least she has some understanding of the law (and order)?

See what some of the reactions are so far below.

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