|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Ohio's 3rd district
January 3, 2013
|New Constituency (Redistricting)|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
from the 27th district
May 31, 1999 - December 31, 2008
|Otto Beatty Jr.|
|W. Carlton Weddington|
Joyce Birdsong Hannah
March 12, 1950
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Otto Beatty Jr.|
|Education||Central State University (BA)|
Wright State University (MS)
University of Cincinnati
Joyce Birdsong Beatty (née Hannah; born March 12, 1950) is an American politician who has served as 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. Beatty went on to win the general election against Republican Chris Long.
Beatty was born in Dayton, Ohio. She has a B.A. in speech from Central State University, an M.S. in counseling psychology from Wright State University in 1975, 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.
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.
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. 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. In 2004, she won re-election to a third term unopposed. In 2006, she won re-election to a fourth term with 87% of the vote.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.
Following her time in the House, she became senior vice president for outreach and engagement at The Ohio State University.
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. 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.
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.
She opposes decreasing corporate taxes to support economic growth.
Beatty supported Obamacare and opposed the repeal of it. In 2019, she introduced the End Price Gouging For Insulin Act bill, which would lower insulin prices nationwide. Beatty's father was a diabetic and her husband is diabetic. Beatty has supported efforts in Ohio by Hearcel Craig and Beth Liston to also regulate insulin prices.