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David Joyce (politician)


David Joyce (politician)

Dave Joyce
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Steve LaTourette
39th Prosecutor of Geauga County, Ohio
In office
January 5, 1988 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Craig Albert
Succeeded by Jim Flaiz
Personal details
Born David Patrick Joyce
(1957-03-17) March 17, 1957
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kelly Joyce (1990-)
Residence Russell Township
Alma mater University of Dayton
Profession Attorney
Website Representative David Joyce

David Patrick "Dave" Joyce (born March 17, 1957) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Ohio's 14th congressional district since 2013.[1] An attorney, Joyce was previously the Prosecutor of Geauga County, Ohio. He is a member of the Republican Party.


  • Early life and Education 1
  • Prosecutor of Geauga County 2
  • U.S. House of Representatives 3
    • Elections 3.1
    • Committee assignments 3.2
    • Legislation sponsored 3.3
  • Personal life 4
  • Electoral history 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and Education

Dave Joyce was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a devout Irish Catholic family. His father was a coal salesman. In high school, he played football, and considered joining the priesthood. In 1975, Joyce enrolled at the University of Dayton, a Catholic university in Dayton, Ohio, from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1979, and later a Juris Doctor.[2]

Prosecutor of Geauga County

In 1989, Joyce worked with Lake County Prosecutor Steven C. LaTourette to charge serial murderer and Cult leader Jeffrey Lundgren of the Kirtland cult killings.[3] In 2005, Joyce earned the Family Friendly Workplace Award from the Ohio State Women’s Bar Association.

U.S. House of Representatives



In July 2012, U.S. Congressman Steve LaTourette of Ohio's 14th congressional district announced that he would be retiring in 2012, rather than seek re-election. Joyce was appointed as the replacement nominee on the Republican ticket.[4][5]

Joyce ran in the November general election against perennial Democratic Party candidate Dale Virgil Blanchard, Libertarian David Macko and Green Party candidate Elaine Mastromatteo. Joyce won the election with 54% of the vote.[6]

Committee assignments

Legislation sponsored

In 2014, Joyce introduced the Safe Streets Act with Congresswoman Doris Matsui. The bill would nationalize transportation "design elements" so that streets would be designed with the safety of drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists in mind.[7]

Personal life

Dave married Kelly in 1990. They live in Russell Township with their three children: Trenton, KK, and Bridey. He is a member of the National District Attorney Association and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Association. He is also Director of the Geauga Bluecoats Inc.[8]

Electoral history

Election results[9]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2012 U.S. House of Representatives General Dave Joyce Republican 183,660 54.04% Dale V. Blanchard Democratic 131,638 38.73% Elaine Mastromatteo Green 13,038 3.84% David Macko Libertarian 11,536 3.39% *

*Write-in candidates Aaron Zurbrugg received 6 votes (<1%), Erick Robinson received 0 votes, and Steven Winfield received 0 votes.


  1. ^ David Joyce, R (Ohio-14) : Roll Call
  2. ^ "Ohio, 14th House District". National Journal. Atlantic Media Company. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Northeast Ohio GOP leaders choose David Joyce to replace outgoing Rep. Steve LaTourette on ballot (updated) |
  4. ^ Sherman, Jake (2012-07-30). "Steve LaTourette blames polarizing climate for departure". Politico. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Gomez, Henry (8-10-2012). "Northeast Ohio GOP leaders choose David Joyce to replace outgoing Rep. Steve LaTourette on ballot". Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "2012 Ohio House Results". Politico. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Martin, Aaron. "Bipartisan measure would improve road safety". Ripon Advance. February 10, 2014. (Retrieved 02-11-14).
  8. ^ Geauga County Prosecutor - About the Prosecutor
  9. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Steve LaTourette
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Hakeem Jeffries
D-New York
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Joseph P. Kennedy III
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