Native Ohioan Congresswoman Joyce Beatty i has represented Ohio’s Third Congressional District since 2013, serving on the House Committee on Financial Services.
Prior to her service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Beatty was Senior Vice President of Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University and a five-term member in the Ohio House of Representatives. During her tenure in the Ohio House, she rose to become the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio’s history and was instrumental in spearheading and enacting legislation to require financial literacy in Ohio’s public school curriculum, to expand STEM education, and to secure funds to help under- and uninsured women access breast and cervical cancer treatment.
Among the legislation she has introduced that have been signed into law are two measures to combat human trafficking, and another to empower college students to make more informed financial decisions. She also spearheaded legislation to make the tax deduction permanent for out-of-pocket expenses paid by elementary and secondary teachers for supplies and expenses, and her advocacy proved critical in enacting a law to help more stroke victims gain access to fast, high-quality care.
Congresswoman Beatty is an influential member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Democratic Seniors Task Force, Co-Chair of the Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus and Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, Deputy Vice-Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, and founder of the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus. Outside of her committee and numerous caucus memberships, Beatty is a committed and vocal supporter of early education, women’s equality, concussion awareness, and the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, which seeks to increase the participation of women and minorities in all facets of the financial marketplace, among many other priorities.
She has been named one of Ebony Magazine’s 150 most powerful African-Americans in the United States.
Congresswoman Beatty is active in The Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Columbus Urban League, The American Heart Association—where she previously served on the board—and many other organizations.
She received her Bachelor of Arts from Central State University, her Master of Science from Wright State University, and completed all requirements but her dissertation for a doctorate at the University of Cincinnati. Congresswoman Beatty has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Ohio Dominican University and Central State University.
Congresswoman Beatty is married to attorney Otto Beatty, Jr. and a proud grandmother to Leah and Spencer, who lovingly call her “Grammy.”