David Joyce

David Joyce


Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

A lifelong Ohioan, Dave has dedicated his life to family and community. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1957, Dave’s father, a WWII veteran, was a salesman and mother a proud housewife. Dave had three siblings and grew up playing all sports. Dave graduated from West Geauga High School and went on to receive his BA in Accounting, and Juris Doctorate, from The University of Dayton. Upon graduation, he moved back to Cuyahoga County and worked as a public defender.

In November 2012, Dave was elected to represent the 14th District of Ohio for the 113th Congress. This Congress, the 116th, is his fourth term in office. Dave serves on the influential House Committee on Appropriations, which is responsible for scrutinizing federal spending and determining how your tax dollars are spent.


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A lifelong Ohioan, Dave has dedicated his life to family and community. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1957, Dave’s father, a WWII veteran, was a salesman and mother a proud housewife. Dave had three siblings and grew up playing all sports. Dave graduated from West Geauga High School and went on to receive his BA in Accounting, and Juris Doctorate, from The University of Dayton. Upon graduation, he moved back to Cuyahoga County and worked as a public defender.

While running for County Prosecutor in 1988, Dave met a fellow West Geauga High School grad, Kelly, whom he married in 1990. Throughout his service as the Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney, Dave built a reputation as being a protector of both Geauga County families and taxpayers, making it a priority to provide the highest quality legal work in the most cost-efficient manner possible. The evening Dave took office in 1988, he told the crowd he would fight crime and work to develop the county in the way the people saw fit, not the developers or the courts.

In 2005, the Ohio State Women’s Bar Association presented Dave with the “Family Friendly Workplace Award” for providing his employees a family-oriented office environment. In 2008, Forbes magazine named Geauga County the fourth best county in the nation to raise a family, citing the low crime rate and solid housing stock. Throughout his career, Dave has assisted in numerous counties throughout Ohio as a special prosecutor, and some of his case and trial work has been featured on national shows such as CBS’s 48 Hours.

In November 2012, Dave was elected to represent the 14th District of Ohio for the 113th Congress. This Congress, the 116th, is his fourth term in office. Dave serves on the influential House Committee on Appropriations, which is responsible for scrutinizing federal spending and determining how your tax dollars are spent.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Dave serves Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment.

Since he came to Congress, Dave has established himself as the leader in Congress in bipartisan efforts to preserve and protect the Great Lakes. His service on the Appropriations Committee has enabled Dave to help reduce federal discretionary spending by over $21 Billion in FY14, which is the first time since the Korean War spending has been cut 4 consecutive years.

Keeping with a tradition he established while serving as Geauga County Prosecutor, Dave has returned more than $300,000 from his Congressional budget to the U.S. Treasury since 2013.

Dave resides in Bainbridge Township, Ohio, with his wife Kelly. He has three children: Trenton, Keighle, and Bridey.


Work Experience

  • Prosecutor
    Geauga County
    1988 to 2012



Birth Year: 1957
Place of Birth: Cleveland, OH
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Catholic
Spouse:  Kelly Joyce
Children: KK Joyce, Trenton Joyce, Bridey Joyce




Washington D.C. Office
1124 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5731
Fax: (202) 225-3307

Mentor Office
8500 Station Street
Mentor, OH 44060
Phone: (440) 352-3939
Fax: (440) 266-9004

Twinsburg Office
Twinsburg Gov. Center
10075 Ravenna Road
Phone: (330) 357-4139
Fax: (330) 425-7071


Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook


Recent Elections

2020 Republican Primary

David Joyce (R)43,97083.1%
Mark Pitrone (R)8,93216.9%

Source: Ballotpedia


JOYCE, DAVID P has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $9,746,622.

Source: Follow the Money



House Committee on Appropriations


Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Financial Services and General Government

Voting Record

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New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov



National Debt

We cannot afford to continue to run the country on cruise control. The national debt exceeds $23 trillion and counting. As such, it is imperative that the United States government learns to live within its means. American families carefully scrutinize their spending and Congress must do the same on behalf of the American people. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have the privilege to carefully scrutinize the Administration’s budget request each fiscal year and I take that responsibility very seriously.


Economy & Jobs

As a member of the Buy American Caucus, American jobs are my number one priority. One of my focuses is the manufacturing industry. You see, while our smaller manufacturing firms – made up of moms, dads, neighbors, and families – are helping our nation’s economy, countries like China threaten to put them out of business. The Buy America Caucus works to make sure that doesn’t happen. We should be promoting American companies and encouraging consumers to buy American made goods. The manufacturing industry gives our country so much; it deserves our protection.

Another one of my focuses is cutting the bureaucratic red tape that hinders American businesses from reaching their full potential. For too long, regulations and taxes coming out of Washington have discouraged job growth. It is well overdue that Washington gets out of the way and allow Ohio businesses to do what they do best: create jobs. It is my number one priority to do everything possible to encourage job creation and economic growth in Northeast Ohio, including fighting for lower taxes and against unnecessary regulations that inhibit the growth of small business.


Great Lakes

During my time in Congress, I have prioritized the preservation and protection of the Great Lakes. To me, the lakes are a national treasure. In 2016, I authored landmark legislation to authorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which provides funding in a collaborative effort amongst federal agencies, the Great Lakes states, local communities, and businesses to restore the Great Lakes ecosystem and the economic health of the Great Lakes region. As of February 2018, GLRI funds contributed to more than 3,956 restoration projects. As one example, the GLRI has been central to the coordinated efforts to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The GLRI has also proven vital to our efforts to combat Harmful Algal Blooms on Lake Erie. This important bill, which has received national attention as an important means to protect the Great Lakes, was signed into law by President Obama in 2016.

The reason we must protect the Great Lakes is simple, they are one of the United States and Ohio’s greatest natural resources. The lakes constitute the largest system of surface freshwater on Earth, containing 20 percent of the world’s surface freshwater and 95 percent of the United States’ surface freshwater. The Great Lakes provide drinking water for an estimated 48 million people. They also generate more than 1.5 million jobs and $60 billion in wages annually. In Ohio specifically, Lake Erie provides not only drinking water, but is also the pathway to move goods and commodities and is the playground for recreational and commercial fishing. In 2015, visitors to Lake Erie spent more than $14.1 billion and generated $1.8 billion in state and local taxes.

The Great Lakes are an irreplaceable resource and economic driver for Northeast Ohio and I will always fight for their protection in Congress.

Health Care

Health Care

I support common sense measures to reduce health-related costs for individuals and small businesses, such as tort reform and allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines. All Americans, no matter their pre-existing conditions, should have access to quality health care. I also believe Americans deserve a patient-centered healthcare system in which patients and doctors make decisions without the interference of government.

Additionally, millions of Americans are struggling with mental illness. The federal government’s approach to mental health has been a chaotic mess of old programs and ineffective policies. I support improving support services and access to treatment for people who suffer with mental health issues.



As the son of a World War II veteran, I believe it is of the utmost importance that we honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in the United States military. Our veterans deserve the deep appreciation of our country as well as access to quality health care, job training, and the benefits they have earned. I will use my position on the Appropriations committee to ensure that our veterans are receiving and have easy access to the resources they have earned.

One of my priorities has been addressing the high rate of veteran suicides. As I said in one of our Appropriations hearings this past year, 22 per day is 22 too many. I will continue to work to ensure our veterans have access to the resources and mental health care they need.

Social Security & Medicare

Social Security and Medicare are very important programs that many seniors depend on. America’s seniors have earned these benefits and I believe it is crucial that we ensure the programs remain accessible and viable. We need to make sure we protect that promise that we made to our seniors when they paid into the system. I will fight against proposals that could weaken both Social Security and Medicare, since they both need to remain strong for the long-term.


The opioid epidemic has been affecting every person and household across the country. According to the CDC, roughly 115 people die each day from an opioid overdose in the United States. From an economic standpoint, prescription opioid and illicit drug abuse costs the U.S. more than $272 billion per year.

The House has passed more than 70 bills that fight the opioid crisis. These are bills that support treatment and recovery, educate on prevention, protect our communities by supplying law enforcement with the resources they need, and fight against fentanyl. This is the largest federal response to a U.S. drug crisis in the history of our country. I have supported many pieces of legislation and sponsored bills like the STOP OD Act, which would extend grants to expand opioid addiction prevention education programs and training for law enforcement and first responders to treat an overdose directly in our communities.

This epidemic is sweeping through our nation like a natural disaster and it is time we start treating it like one. I have, on many occasions, called on the administration and Congress to send emergency relief funding directly to our communities like we do when there is a natural disaster in this country. Lives are being lost every day, families are being broken apart, and we need to do something about it now.


News Posts

Joyce, Co-Chairs of Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence Hold Virtual Roundtable on Impact of COVID-19
Government page – June 5, 2020

BAINBRIDGE – This week, the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, led by Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14), Annie Kuster (NH-02), John Katko (NY-24) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) held a virtual roundtable discussion to address sexual and domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gender-based violence and domestic violence are often exacerbated in times of crisis, and there is evidence of that occurring now with reports of a 60% increase in domestic violence emergency calls by women in April 2020.

“Over 100,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and millions have lost their jobs, but the disease’s vicious impact spreads well beyond those tragic figures,”Joyce. “It has left countless women and children at a greater risk for sexual and domestic violence. What’s worse is that due to efforts to slow the spread of the virus, those at the greatest risk for such violence have lost access to the resources that are often vital to escaping abuse. Our virtual discussion highlighted the dire need for us in Congress to work together to provide victims of sexual and domestic violence with the resources they need to seek aid and safety during this pandemic. I thank each of the witnesses who testified for continuing their ever-important work during these times and look forward to continuing to support them in any way that I can.”

During COVID-19, for the first time ever, half of hotline calls made to the National Sexual Abuse Hotline were made by children under the age of 18. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), 79% of callers reported they were living with their abuser. Meanwhile, 61% of YWCA domestic and sexual violence hotlines reported an increase in calls due to the pandemic and 46% of YWCAs who provide domestic violence services reported an increase in demand. However, in some states, hotline calls have decreased – which has advocates worried that people do not have the means to report and seek help. Mental health practitioners have turned to telehealth services, but that might not be an option for victims who live with their abuser. Further, space in homeless and domestic violence shelters and transitional living facilities has decreased as unemployment rates have risen.

For this important discussion, the Task Force was joined by:

  • Camille Cooper, Vice President of Public Policy at RAINN
  • Alejandra Y. Castillo, Esq., CEO of YWCA USA
  • Dr. Apryl Alexander, Associated Professor at the University of Denver and Director of the Denver Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training (Denver FIRST)
  • Michelle DeLaune, Chief Operating Officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Panelists and Task Force members discussed a variety of new challenges facing those working to combat sexual and domestic violence, such as financial and manpower strains on shelters, the need for emergency federal funding for survivor support programs and disturbing trends in reporting since the pandemic began. You can view the entire virtual roundtable here.



Other Videos

Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence Virtual Roundtable on the Impact of COVID-19
Dave Joyce
Published on June 5, 2020
By: Dave Joyce


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