Joyce Beatty represents the Third Congressional District of Ohio, which is wholly contained within Franklin County and consists of 29 municipalities including Columbus, Bexley, Whitehall, Reynoldsburg and Gahanna, since winning the General Election on November 6, 2012 and re-election in 2014. Congresswoman Beatty has focused on bringing Central Ohio to Washington, and Washington to Central Ohio.
As a Member of the US House of Representatives, Congresswoman Beatty serves on the Financial Services Committee. She is a member of the Subcommittees on Housing & Insurance and Oversight and Investigations. During her time in Congress, she has been successful in increasing access to credit to consumers and leveling the playing field.
Since her election in 2012, Beatty has been delivering for the residents of the Third Congressional District and Ohio. In 2014, Rep. Beatty brought then-Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donavan to the District to announce a $300 million project to revitalize the Near East Side, led by $30 million in federal funds.
In December 2014, Rep. Beatty was pivotal in securing nearly $4 million in federal funds to address Columbus’ infant mortality rate, which is one of the highest in the country. Reducing infant mortality is a top priority for Beatty, and her office aggressively joined the efforts to secure funding for the Healthy Start program. The initiative will expand and improve the system of care for mothers and babies by creating a community model of collaboration and coordination of services among material child health care providers in central Ohio.
Congresswoman Beatty is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Women’s Caucus, and the Financial Literacy Caucus. In addition to her committee and caucus membership, she serves as a Regional Whip for Region 10.
In 1999, Beatty was selected by her peers to serve in the 27th House District of the Ohio House of Representatives. She served five terms in the Ohio General Assembly. Congresswoman Beatty rose to become the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio’s history and was instrumental in passing legislation that improved the climate for economic development in the state. Beatty supported local home ownership; fought foreclosures; championed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), passed groundbreaking financial literacy legislation and worked to help women without insurance receive lifesaving cancer screenings.
After leaving the Ohio House in 2008, Beatty joined The Ohio State University as Senior Vice President of Outreach and Engagement where she promoted community, business and economic development; advocated for healthcare collaborations; and led the University’s global initiatives.
Congresswoman Beatty graduated with a B.A. from Central State University, received her M.S. degree from Wright State University, and completed all but her dissertation for a doctorate at the University of Cincinnati. In addition, she has received two honorary doctorate degrees from Ohio Dominican University and Central State University.
Congresswoman Beatty is a sought after public speaker and Ebony Magazine named her one of the 150 most powerful African-Americans in the United States. Beatty is active in The Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the National American Heart Association, where she serves on the board.
Rep. Beatty is married to Otto Beatty, Jr., an attorney, businessman and former Ohio State Representative. He currently practices law in Columbus, Ohio.