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Joyce Beatty

Joyce Beatty
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Mike Turner
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 27th district
In office
May 31, 1999 – December 31, 2008
Preceded by Otto Beatty, Jr.
Succeeded by W. Carlton Weddington
Personal details
Born (1951-03-12) March 12, 1951
Dayton, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Otto Beatty Jr.
Residence Columbus, Ohio
Alma mater Central State University, Wright State University, University of Cincinnati
Profession Management Consultant
Religion Baptist
Website Representative Joyce Beatty

Joyce Beatty (born March 12, 1951) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Ohio's 3rd congressional district since 2013. Previously, she was the Senior Vice-President for Outreach and Engagement at Ohio State University. A Democrat, Beatty was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1999 to 2008, representing the 27th House District; in the Ohio House of Representatives, she served for a time as Minority Leader. Her husband is Otto Beatty, Jr., who is also a former Ohio State Representative.

In 2012, she ran for the newly redrawn Ohio's 3rd congressional district, based in the City of Columbus, and won the Democratic primary by defeating former U.S. Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy.[1] Beatty went on to win the general election against Chris Long.[2]


  • Early life, education, and early political career 1
  • Ohio House of Representatives (1999-2009) 2
    • Elections 2.1
    • Tenure 2.2
    • Committee assignments 2.3
  • Ohio State University (2008-2012) 3
  • U.S. House of Representatives 4
    • Elections 4.1
    • Committee assignments 4.2
  • Personal life 5
  • Pension 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life, education, and early political career

Beatty has a B.A. in speech from Central State University, an M.S. in counseling psychology from Wright State University, and has studied at the doctoral level at the University of Cincinnati. Beatty served as the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Director responsible for administering the county's health levy and area public nursing homes, including Stillwater Nursing Home. In 2003, she received an honorary doctorate from the Ohio Dominican University. Beatty served as a delegate for John Kerry on the Ohio delegation to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Ohio House of Representatives (1999-2009)


In 1999, longtime State Representative Otto Beatty Jr. of Ohio's 21st House District decided to resign early to begin an opportunity in the private sector. His wife, Joyce Beatty, was appointed to his seat. She won a full term in 2000 with 82% of the vote.[3][4] After redistricting, she decided to run in the newly redrawn Ohio's 27th House District and won re-election to a second term in 2002 with 82% of the vote.[5] In 2004, she won re-election to a third term unopposed.[6] In 2006, she won re-election to a fourth term with 87% of the vote.[7] Term limits kept Beatty from seeking another term in 2008, but her leadership helped Democrats to obtain the majority in the 128th Ohio General Assembly.


After Chris Redfern left to become chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, Beatty was named Minority Leader. She served in that capacity for the entire Ohio 127th General Assembly. She was the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio history.[8]

Committee assignments

Ohio State University (2008-2012)

Following her time in the House, she became Senior Vice-President for Outreach and Engagement at Ohio State University.

U.S. House of Representatives



On March 6, 2012, Beatty defeated former Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy, Columbus city councilwoman Priscilla Tyson, and state representative Ted Celeste 38%-35%-15%-12% to win the Ohio 3rd Congressional District Democratic Primary.[1] Beatty received early support from the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, and various other Central Ohio political figures including Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard and former Rep. W. Carlton Weddington.[9]

Committee assignments

Personal life

Beatty is married to attorney and former State Representative Otto Beatty, Jr. She has been a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association. She served on the Columbus American Heart Association Board, Ohio Democratic Committee, Women's Fund, NAACP, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. In addition, she was a legislative chair of The Links and was a Chairwoman of the Columbus Urban League Board. She won the 2002 YWCA Woman of Achievement Award, the Ohio Health Speaking of Women Health Award, NAACP Freedom Award, Woman of Courage Award, and the Urban League Leadership Recognition Award.[10]


On June 21, 2013, the National Journal published an article, "Nearly One in Five Members of Congress Gets Paid Twice". It was reported that Beatty's state pension of $253,323 is the highest, and combined with her congressional salary is greater than President Obama's total government compensation. [11]


  1. ^ a b 2012 Election Results Map by State - Live Voting Updates -
  2. ^ "Ex-Ohio Rep. Beatty wins new US House district". Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "OH State House 21 Race - Nov 07, 2000". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  4. ^ "2000 general election results". Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ "OH State House 27 Race - Nov 05, 2002". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  6. ^ "OH State House 27 Race - Nov 02, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  7. ^ "OH State House 27 Race - Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  8. ^ "Beatty For Congress". Beatty For Congress. 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  9. ^ "Beatty For Congress". Beatty For Congress. 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  10. ^ "Ohio Ladies Gallery". Ohio Ladies Gallery. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  11. ^ Nearly One in Five Members of Congress Gets Paid Twice -

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Turner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Andy Barr
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Ami Bera
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