Joyce H. Beatty

House : 1999 - 2008 (123rd - 127th OGA)
Senate :
Home : Franklin County
Occupation(s) : Businesswoman, College Teacher
Party : Democrat

The Honorable Joyce Beatty serves in the Ohio House of Representatives as the first female to represent the 27th House District in Columbus. By unanimous vote Beatty's colleagues elected her as Ohio's first African American Female Assistant Minority Leader. In 2006, she became Minority Leader of the Ohio House. Representative Beatty is an advocate for the people and is known for her strong voice on legislative issues.


Her reputation for getting the job done and faithfully serving the people is shown through her long list of legacy firsts&from her "State of the District" presentation that attracts some 400 constituents, The Fire & Focus: A Kaleidoscope of Women Program, brings women together of all races, ages and political backgrounds.


Though she has written and co-sponsored countless bills, Beatty is most proud of her leadership role in healthcare with an emphasis on stroke, diabetes, June as "Men's Health Month" and for organizing a team of concerned women to fight for budget funding for breast and cervical cancer funds to aid working women without insurance. Beatty is recognized for her work with the Central Ohio Mentoring Association, and Personal Finance Literacy, for high school students, which is currently gaining national attention. Also noteworthy is her securing more than a quarter of a million dollars of capital improvement funding for the Kings Arts Complex.


She is a sought-after motivational speaker featured nationally in the healthcare and education arena. Beatty is also a businesswoman, serving as President of Joyce Beatty & Associates, Inc., a nationally recognized consulting firm, specializing in strategic planning and diversity training. Her commitment to being a successful entrepreneur led her to creating African-American Businesswomen CEOs (ABC), an organization of women business owners of organizing for the purpose of creating strategic alliances and collaborating to create business opportunities for financial gain.


Her work has not gone unnoticed, earning such acclaims as being featured in the book, Women Doctors Guide to Health & Healing, and receiving an honorary Doctorate from the Ohio Dominican University. Beatty received the Outstanding Legislator of the Year from the Ohio Credit Union League, The Public Children's Service Association, Columbus Metropolitan Area Community Action Organization, The Ohio Psychological Association and the Ohio Stroke Council.


Representative Beatty is an advocate of education and a product of Ohio schools. She is a graduate of Central State University, (BA degree); Wright State University, (MS degree) and University of Cincinnati/Pacific Western University, (PhD in Counseling Psychology).


Dr. Beatty always finds time to serve the community outside her legislative and business duties. She is a National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association, and was recently featured on their national web page. She serves on the Columbus American Heart Association Board, State Democratic Committee, The Women's Fund, NAACP, Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, National Legislative Chair of The Links Inc., and is the First African-American female to serve as chairman of the Columbus Urban League Board. She received the 2002 YWCA Woman of Achievement Award, The Ohio Health Speaking of Women Health Award, NAACP Freedom Award, Woman of Courage Award, and the Urban League Leadership Recognition Award, to name a few.


She is married to Attorney Otto Beatty, Jr., and is the stepmother to Attorney Otto Beatty III and Attorney Laurel Beatty. She enjoys boating, riding horses, writing, and quiet moments at home with her husband.



  • Personal Biography, 2005.
  • The Call and Post, January 19, 2006.