Current Position: US Representative
Candidate: 2020 US Representative
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty is a native Ohioan with a strong history of connecting people, policy and politics to make a difference. Since 2013, Beatty has proudly represented Ohio’s Third Congressional District.
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 member in the Ohio House of Representatives for five terms. 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 pieces of 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.
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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty is a native Ohioan with a strong history of connecting people, policy and politics to make a difference. Since 2013, Beatty has proudly represented Ohio’s Third Congressional District.
Beatty serves on the exclusive House Committee on Financial Services and is a member of two Subcommittees: Housing and Insurance and Oversight and Investigations. The Financial Services Committee oversees the entire financial services industry, including the nation’s banking, securities, insurance, and housing industries, as well as the work of the Federal Reserve, the United States Department of the Treasury and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
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 member in the Ohio House of Representatives for five terms. 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.
In 2014, Congresswoman Beatty’s efforts proved pivotal in securing nearly $4 million in federal funds to address Columbus’ infant mortality rate, which is one of the highest in the country. In the same year, she also brought then-Department of House and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan to the Third Congressional District to announce a $225 million project to revitalize the Near East Side, led by nearly $30 million in federal funds.
A longtime advocate and champion to end human trafficking, during the 114th Congress, Congresswoman Beatty’s bipartisan legislation to combat child sex trafficking unanimously passed the House of Representatives in 2015 and was signed into law as part of a larger measure, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, by President Obama. That same year, Congresswoman Beatty introduced legislation that made the tax deduction for out-of-pocket expenses paid by elementary and secondary teachers for supplies and expenses permanent. Her bill, the Reimburse Educators who Pay for Academic Year (REPAY) Supplies Act of 2015, was later included in the bipartisan tax package, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, and was signed into law on December 18, 2015.
In 2015, Beatty also introduced the Housing Financial Literacy Act of 2015 to improve first-time homebuyers’ financial knowledge by providing a discount on Federal Housing Administration (FHA) backed mortgage insurance premiums upon successful completion of a HUD certified housing counseling course.
Recently, she introduced the Free Credit Score Act, legislation to require consumer reporting agencies to include a credit score when providing consumers with a free annual credit report. In addition, Beatty authored the Jumpstart Housing Opportunities Utilizing Small Enterprises (HOUSE) Act, or Jumpstart HOUSE Act, which would reauthorize the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) for eight years and require state business development agencies to set aside the lesser of $2.5 million or 10 percent of unobligated SSBCI funds for small businesses to purchase, rehabilitate, or operate affordable housing units. She also played a major role, alongside other federal and local officials, in helping the City of Columbus win the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Smart City Challenge, a nationwide competition powered by a pledge of up to $40 million in federal funds to transform one mid-size city’s transportation network and make it safer, easier to use and more reliable.
Congresswoman Beatty is a committed and vocal supporter of the Congressional Black Caucus, concussion awareness and education legislation, and the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), which seeks to increase the participation of women and minorities in all facets of the financial marketplace.
A sought after public speaker and the recipient of numerous awards, she was previously 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 numerous other organizations.
Beatty 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. In addition, she 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 of two toddlers who lovingly call her “Grammy.”
- Senior vice president of outreach and engagement
Ohio State University
2008 to 2012
Joyce Beatty & Associates
1992 to present
- Ohio State Representative
1999 to 2008
Birth Year: 1950
Place of Birth: Dayton, OH
Religion: Christian: Baptist
Spouse: Otto Beatty Jr.
Children: Laurel Beatty, Otto Beatty III
Washington D.C. Office
2303 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
471 East Broad Street, Suite 1100
Columbus, OH 43215
2018 US Representative
|Joyce Beatty (D)||181,575||73.6%|
|Jim Burgess (R)||65,040||26.4%|
BEATTY, JOYCE has run in 9 races for public office, winning 8 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $6,254,675.
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The federal budget is a statement of our nation’s priorities and should be a blueprint that reflects our shared values. That is why I believe we should make responsible investments in all levels of education, expand access to high-quality, affordable healthcare, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, protect Social Security, Medicare, and Veterans, and create innovative programs that will contribute to the success of Central Ohioans and all Americans.
I have worked my entire life to advance equal rights for all Americans and to create an America where each and every one of us has equal opportunity, regardless of how we look, who we love, or what we believe. Everyone should be able to live their lives free from discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender-identity, political affiliation, national origin, and disability status.
Highlights of Beatty Work on Civil Rights
Elected Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, which is committed to ensuring that African Americans and other marginalized communities have full access to the American Dream.
Supports the Equality Act, to extend civil rights protections to LBGTQ individuals.
Sponsor of an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.
Elections and Voting Rights
The right to vote is among the most fundamental rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, and any attempt to infringe upon that right poses a serious threat to our democracy. I am committed to making it easier for Americans to vote, not harder. In addition, I am leading the charge against voter purge initiatives in Ohio and across the nation.
Highlights of Beatty Work to Protect Voting Rights
Introduced the Save Voters Act to prohibit states from using the same type of questionable voter purge tactics that Ohio has used to take thousands of eligible voters off the voting rolls.
Sponsor of a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United case and reduce the influence of money in our elections.
Supports legislation to update the Voting Rights Act to protect every Americans’ right to vote.
Deputy Vice Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus
Diversity & Inclusion
I am proud to serve as the first-ever Chair of the Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion. As Chair, my goal is to bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront of the conversation on how to make the financial services industry and all industries work for every American. Diversity and inclusion must become part of the overall fabric of the companies and industries that are the engines of our economy. The evidence is irrefutable that diversity and inclusion are good for the bottom line.
Women and minorities have made great strides throughout our country’s history, yet much more needs to be done to address the social, economic, and political disparities that still exist today. These disparities are institutional, and only by naming them and addressing them systematically will we be able to eliminate them.
Highlights of Beatty Work on Diversity and Inclusion
Chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion.
Author of the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act to provide more opportunities for woman and minorities at the highest levels of the Federal Reserve.
Original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act to close the wage gap.
Supports reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and funding for VAWA programs.
Financial Services and Consumer Protection
As a senior Member of the Financial Services Committee and Member of the Joint Economic Committee, I am fighting to ensure an economy and financial services system that works for ALL Americans.
Highlights of Beatty Work on Financial Services and Consumer Protection
Co-Chair of the House Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus.
Authored the Financial Literacy College Education Act to establish best practices to teach financial literacy at institutions of higher education. The bill was signed into law in the 115th Congress.
Passed the Free Credit Scores for Consumers Act out of the Financial Services Committee to provide consumers with free access to their credit scores.
One of the lead Democrats on the Consumers First Act, a bill to make sure consumers’ interests are placed before the interests of corporations.
Leader on efforts to ensure the Treasury Department places Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
Jobs and the Economy
America is strongest when we have a robust and thriving economy coupled with access to good-paying jobs. While the economy has mostly recovered from the Great Recession, we know that far too many families have not seen a pay raise in decades and the racial wealth gap continues to widen. A strong economy is only valuable when it lifts the prospects of all Americans, not merely those wealthy enough to invest in the stock market. That is why I will continue to advocate for legislation that stimulates economic growth while ensuring that all workers’ rights, including the right to unionize, are protected and celebrated.
Highlights of Beatty Work on Jobs and the Economy
Supports the Raise the Wage Act to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Sponsor of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act to strengthen collective bargaining rights.
As a former small business owner, I understand the unique challenges small business owners face. Supporting entrepreneurship creates millions of American jobs and is the best way to spur innovation, preserve community character, and ensure economic prosperity for generations to come.
Trade & Manufacturing
U.S. trade agreements need to benefit American workers, manufacturers, consumers, and the environment. That is why I will only support trade agreements that are fair to American workers and manufacturers. If given a level playing field, I know that American workers can compete and win in the global economy.
As a former college administrator, I wholeheartedly support programs that ensure access to high-quality education, from childhood to adulthood. Our nation’s elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions provide the next generation with the much-needed skills and opportunities to compete in the 21st century economy. Making a better system for them also means looking for avenues to address the racial and gender disparities in our education system from pre-K through college.
Highlights of Beatty Work on Education
Author of the 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act to provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) school programs for girls and other groups underrepresented in STEM fields.
Leads the effort in Congress to provide funding for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Excellence in Research Program within the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Secured tens of millions of dollars in funding for Head Start programs in the Columbus area.
Climate Change and the Environment
The consensus view of scientists about the impact that climate change poses to our planet is alarming. Rising temperatures are projected to devastate many of our planet’s precious ecosystems, increase coastal flooding to dangerous levels, disrupt our food systems, and increase extreme weather occurrences.
These science-backed facts are why I support taking bold steps to invest in federal programs to address climate change, prevent spending cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fully enforce the Clean Air Act, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize our reliance on fossil fuels, and promote energy efficiency and conservation. I also support the Paris Climate Agreement and believe the United States should remain a full partner in the international effort to address climate change.
All Americans should have access to affordable, high-quality healthcare, including those with pre-existing conditions. I will continue to work to protect and strengthen the Affordable Care Act, while moving toward a “Medicare-For-All-Who-Want-It” program which would give Americans the option to access a Medicare-type system in lieu of private insurance. I also will continue supporting federal investment in groundbreaking medical research, life-saving therapies, and innovative technologies to ensure the health and well-being of generations of Americans.
In addition, I strongly believe that women’s reproductive decisions should be made between them and their doctor.
Highlights of Beatty Work on Healthcare
Member of the Medicare for All Caucus.
Co-Chair of the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition.
Leads the effort to fund the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Author of the Concussion Awareness and Education Act to require the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to coordinate research on youth and sports-related concussions.
Author of the Return to Work Awareness Act, to provide resources for survivors of stroke and other serious illnesses to return to the workforce.
Foreign Affairs & Immigration
I understand the important role that the United States plays in providing aid to those who need it around the world. Foreign assistance is a modest investment in a healthier and more stable world, and I am proud to live in a nation that routinely delivers international humanitarian aid. That is why I have consistently supported funding for global health and nutrition programs, refugee and disaster assistance, and the Peace Corps, to name just a few examples. Additionally, I believe we need an immigration system grounded in common sense and accountability that also addresses the issue of citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have been here for years.
We are a nation of immigrants. As such, we need an immigration system that reflects those values, one that is humane and grounded in common sense and accountability. We cannot separate families, lock refugees in cages, or deny children access to food, water, or necessities.
Highlights of Beatty Work on Immigration
Supports the American Dream and Promise Act to provide Dreamers, who have known no other home besides the United States, and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients a pathway to citizenship.
Sponsor of the Keep Families Together Act to end the policy of family separation at the border and other bills to address the humanitarian crisis at our southern border
Transportation and Infrastructure
I believe that sustained investments in our infrastructure—including roads, bridges, railways, airports, and mass transit systems—are a commonsense approach to strengthening our economy, creating jobs, and building opportunities for long-term economic growth. That means working to increase the reach and accessibility of public transportation while investing in a robust, multimodal transportation system with an eye towards the future.
Highlights of Beatty Work on Transportation and Infrastructure
Helped Columbus secure the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge that brought tens of millions of dollars to transform Central Ohio’s transportation network.
36,000 Americans are killed by guns every year: equivalent to the population of many Ohio cities. We as a nation have become numb to that statistic. We must do more to close loopholes and advance sensible gun reform legislation.
Highlights of Beatty Work to Address Gun Violence
Author of the Safer America for Everyone Right Now Act, or SAFER Now Act, which takes a comprehensive approach to the multifaceted problem of gun violence by incorporating a number of widely supported proposals that will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and take the most dangerous weapons out of circulation.
Supports the Bipartisan Background Checks Act to close background check loopholes. The bill represents the first meaningful gun violence prevention legislation to pass the House in a generation.
I am fighting to protect the benefits that seniors worked hard to earn. That is why I support strengthening and expanding Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, as well as upholding the promises made to America’s seniors by improving these programs and by ensuring their long-term solvency. Our seniors worked a lifetime to live their golden years with dignity, and I will make sure that promise is kept.
Highlights of Beatty Work for Seniors
Sponsor of the Social Security 2100 Act to expand Social Security benefits and ensure the solvency of the program for the long-term.
Sponsor of the Social Security Fairness Act to end the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision in Social Security.
Supports the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act to shore up the multi-employer pension system.
We have an obligation to our country’s servicemembers and veterans. These brave Americans and their families make enormous sacrifices for our country every day. That is why I remain strongly committed to our current and former members of the Armed Forces and to making sure we keep our promises to them when they return from service.
Highlights of Beatty Work for Veterans
Author of the Homeless Veterans Legal Services to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to partner with nonprofits to provide legal services to homeless veterans.
Spearheaded designation of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus.
Owning a home has long been at the cornerstone of the American Dream.
That is why I will continue to support and develop programs that make home ownership more accessible to the average American. This is especially important as Central Ohio remains one of the fastest growing areas of the country. At the same time, we must ensure that renters’ rights are protected and expanded to protect against abusive and discriminatory housing practices.
Highlights of Beatty Work on Housing and Affordability
Author of the Housing Financial Literacy Act to provide first-time homebuyers a discount on their mortgage insurance premium if they complete a financial counseling program.
Secured $25 million to revitalize Columbus’ Near East side.
Supports funding for housing assistance programs.
Supports funding for McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance grants.
Ohio’s Third Congressional District reflects the rich diversity, vibrance, and tenacity of America. I am proud to call the Third District my home, and will continue to work tirelessly to keep it growing and prospering.
Science and Technology
Groundbreaking scientific and technological advances have propelled our country forward and vastly improved the world in which we live. We need to continue investing in programs that have made us the global leader in innovation, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as research and development funding at the Department of Defense.
Working Families and Children
We have a responsibility to support the most vulnerable among us, which is why I’ve spent my time in Congress fighting for families. This includes supporting bills to institute paid family leave, expand the child tax credit, and provide child care for working families, because these kinds of programs are investments in the future stability of our country.
One child living in poverty is one too many. That is why I strongly support food security programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These programs ensure the overall health and well-being of countless Americans, including more than 50,000 households in Ohio’s Third Congressional District.
I am also leading the charge in Congress on the issue of human trafficking. Children, women, and men are being preyed upon and—while progress has been made to expose, raise awareness, and provide support to victims—we must continue to do more.
Highlights of Beatty Work for Youth and Families
Secured over $40 million for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Family Unification Program (FUP), a national initiative to prevent family separation due to homelessness among foster care aging-out youth.
Had two anti-human trafficking bills signed into law:The Human Trafficking Accountability Act (P.L. 115-392) improved coordination on human trafficking within the Department of Justice.
Provision in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (P.L. 114-22) made it easier to report potential trafficking to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline.