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Nov. 6, 2012 – 10:24 p.m.
113th Congress: Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio (3rd District)
By Stacey Skotzko, CQ Staff
Joyce Beatty is a seasoned legislator and counts House Democratic Leader
She was the first female Democratic leader in the Ohio House and her professional background is indicative of a nurturing role — she was an administrator of outreach at Ohio State University, owned a consulting firm focused on diversity training, operated a county-level health department and has a background in counseling.
She also owns a clothing boutique in downtown Columbus; it started as a hobby, but now keeps her tapped into small-business concerns, she says.
Beatty prefers a seat on the Financial Services Committee, with placement on a housing-focused subcommittee. She will work for more financial literacy training, ideally as a required middle or high school course. Young people, she says, need more guidance: “If you take their calculator away, if the cash register doesn’t tell you the change,” she says, “they are lost.”
Beatty, who suffered a cerebral brain stem stroke in 2000, also says she wants to address health care issues.
She will represent much of downtown Columbus, a district redrawn to be Democrat-friendly; the needs of college students, higher education funding and financial institutions are important to her. Beatty has long-standing roots in her area: Born in Dayton, she attended Ohio universities and was appointed, then later re-elected, to the state House seat previously held by her husband.