Joyce Beatty

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Joyce Beatty
Joyce Beatty.jpg
U.S. House, Ohio, District 3
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PredecessorMike Turner (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.62 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$812,493
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Ohio House of Representatives
Bachelor'sCentral State University
Master'sWright State University
BirthdayMarch 12, 1950
Place of birthDayton, Ohio
Net worth$2,641,516.50
Office website
Campaign website
Joyce Beatty (b. March 12, 1950, in Dayton, Ohio) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Ohio. Beatty was first elected in 2012 to represent Ohio's 3rd Congressional District.

Beatty is a former Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing District 27.

Beatty is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

She currently owns and operates a small retail business in downtown Columbus and has been a professor at Sinclair Community College.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Beatty is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Beatty's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 2008-Present: Senior vice president, Ohio State University
  • 1992-Present: President, Joyce Beatty & Associates
  • 1999-2008: Ohio House Representative
  • 1983-1992: Director, Montgomery County Department of Community Human Services
  • 1983: Director, adult and elderly services, Montgomery County Mental Health Board
  • 1979-1992: Professor, Capital University
  • 1975-1983: Professor, Sinclair Community College
  • 1973-1975: Attended Wright State University, earned a M.S.
  • 1971-1975: Caseworker, City of Dayton
  • 1968-1972: Attended Central State University, earned a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Beatty serves on the following committees:[2]

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[3] For more information pertaining to Beatty's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[4]

National security


Voted "Yes" Beatty voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[5]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Beatty voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[6]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Beatty voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[8] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[9] Beatty voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[10]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[11] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Beatty voted for HR 2775.[12]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Beatty voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[13]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Beatty voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[14] The vote largely followed party lines.[15]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Beatty voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[16]

Social issues


Voted "No" Beatty voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[17]


On The Issues Vote Match

Joyce Beatty's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Beatty is a Liberal Populist. Beatty received a score of 56 percent on personal issues and 16 percent on economic issues.[18]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Neutral Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[18]

Campaign themes


Beatty lists the following issues on her campaign website:[19]

  • Education: "Joyce Beatty will actively seek opportunities to bring public-private partnerships to central Ohio that work cooperatively with our community colleges and training centers to prepare students and participants for jobs that will be available immediately. These programs have been taking place in other parts of the country and with the amount of resources available in central Ohio and its strong workforce these partnerships should be a natural fit."
  • Economy: "The government can help be a catalyst for innovation that may bring jobs in the future. By providing start-up loans to entrepreneurs and funding for equipment and technology the next operating system, life saving medical device, or internet applications could be developed right here in central Ohio."
  • Medicare and Social Security: "Everyone, including Joyce Beatty, agrees that we must cut spending and tighten our belts; however, she would like to see a thorough review of discretionary spending before Congress makes cuts to Medicare. Medicare allows our older Americans to grow old without the fear that they will not have heath care. This is a system that should be looked as a triumph and be championed."


According to Beatty's website, her campaign themes included:

  • Education: "Investing in our children’s education and ensuring an affordable college education is available are the most important investments we can make in our future."
  • Social security: "I will stand up to anyone who attempts to cut funding to Medicare and Social Security..."
  • The Economy: ."..having a good paying job is the first step in having a good life and being able to provide for themselves and others."[20]



See also: Ohio's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Beatty is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary election on May 6, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[21]


See also: United States Senate elections in Ohio, 2012

Beatty won election to the U.S. House, representing Ohio's 3rd District. She defeated Priscilla Tyson, Ted Celeste and Mary Jo Kilroy in the Democratic Primary on March 6, 2012. She went on to defeat Chris Long (R), Richard Ehrbar III (L) and Bob Fitrakis (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[22][23][24]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[25] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[25]

U.S. House, Ohio District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Beatty 68.3% 201,897
     Republican Chris Long 26.3% 77,901
     Libertarian Richard Ehrbar III 3.2% 9,462
     Green Bob Fitrakis 2.2% 6,387
Total Votes 295,647
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Ohio District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Beatty 38.3% 15,848
Mary Jo Kilroy 34.7% 14,369
Priscilla Tyson 15.1% 6,244
Ted Celeste 11.8% 4,895
Total Votes 41,356

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Beatty is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Beatty raised a total of $812,493 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[26]

Joyce Beatty's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 3) Won $812,493
Grand Total Raised $812,493


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Beatty’s reports.[27]

Joyce Beatty (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2013$82,346.34$43,347.49$(53,650.30)$72,043.53
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2013$72,043.53$102,051.13$(43,802.88)$130,291.78
October Quarterly[30]October 15, 2013$130,291.78$101,837.87$(40,218.80)$191,910.85
Year-End Quarterly[31]December 31, 2014$195,510.00$108,985.00$(36,608.00)$262,887.00
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$262,887.28$93,368.00$(47,293.85)$308,961.43
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Beatty's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Beatty won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Beatty's campaign committee raised a total of $812,493 and spent $729,107.[33]

Cost per vote

Beatty spent $3.62 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Beatty's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,605,033 to $3,678,000. That averages to $2,641,516.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Beatty ranked as the 122nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[34] Between 2011 and 2012, Beatty's calculated net worth[35] increased by an average of 3 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[36]

Joyce Beatty Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:3%
Average annual growth:3%[37]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[38]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Beatty is a "moderate Democratic follower," as of June 20, 2013.[39]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[40]

Beatty most often votes with:

Beatty least often votes with:

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Beatty has voted with the Democratic Party 96.2% of the time, which ranked 27th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[41]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Beatty missed 0 of 108 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013, which is 0.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[42]


Joyce Beatty is married to her husband, Otto.[43]

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  1. National Journal, "Ohio, 3rd House District," November 6, 2012
  2., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  3. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  5. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  6. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," October 1, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 On The Issues, "Joyce Beatty Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014
  19. Campaign website, "Home," accessed February 6, 2014
  20. Beatty For Congress, "Issues," accessed August 30, 2012
  21. Associated Press, "Ohio Primary Election Results," accessed May 7, 2014
  22. WOSU NPR, "Filing deadline brings surprises along with candidates," December 8, 2011
  23. Ohio Secretary of State, "Unofficial Election Results," accessed March 6, 2012
  24. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
  25. 25.0 25.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  26. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Joyce Beatty," accessed March 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Joyce Beatty Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Joyce Beatty April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Joyce Beatty July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Joyce Beatty October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Joyce Beatty Year-End Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Joyce Beatty April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  33. Open Secrets, "Joyce Beatty 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  34. Open Secrets, "Beatty (D-Ohio), 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  35. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  36. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  37. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  38. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  39. GovTrack, "Joyce Beatty," accessed June 20, 2013
  40. OpenCongress, "Joyce Beatty," accessed August 8, 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Joyce Beatty," accessed April 2013
  43. Project Vote Smart, "Beatty," accessed June 20, 2013
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Preceded by
Mike Turner (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Ohio, District 3
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