Joan Lawrence served eight consecutive terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, representing Delaware County, Morrow County, and parts of Richland County. During her tenure, she served on the following House committees:
-Human Services Subcommittee (chair),
-Finance and Appropriations,
-Retirement and Aging, and
-Energy and Environment.
Lawrence also served on the Joint Select Committee on Federal Funding and the Joint Select Committee on Capital Finance.
As a state representative, Lawrence's interest was in welfare reform, education funding and changes in property-tax structure. In 1996, she introduced a state constitutional amendment dealing with such changes to the tax structure and education funding. After Lawrence left the House of Representatives in 1999, she served as the Director of the Ohio Department of Aging until 2005.
Prior to her service in the Ohio General Assembly, Joan Lawrence was a member of the Big Walnut Board of Education from 1970 to 1973. She received her education from the Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing and became a registered nurse. She has also attended The Ohio State University, Rutgers University, and Douglass College. Joan Lawrence has been active with the League of Women Voters, serving as Ohio president from 1975 to 1977, and the National Women's Political Caucus. She was also active in the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Columbus Metropolitan Club, the Delaware County Republican Central Committee, and the Republican Women's Club.
Biography courtesy of the Ohio Women's Policy and Research Commission