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Dave Joyce
David Joyce.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded bySteve LaTourette
39th Prosecutor of Geauga County
In office
January 5, 1988 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byCraig Albert
Succeeded byJim Flaiz
Personal details
Born
David Patrick Joyce

(1957-03-17) March 17, 1957 (age 63)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Kelly Joyce
(
m. 1990)
EducationUniversity of Dayton (BS, JD)
WebsiteHouse website

David Patrick Joyce (born March 17, 1957) is an American politician and former prosecutor who has served as the United States Representative for Ohio's 14th congressional district since 2013.[1] An attorney, Joyce was previously the prosecutor of Geauga County, Ohio. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life & education[edit]

David Joyce was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to an Irish Catholic family.[citation needed] His father was a coal salesman. In high school, he played football, and considered joining the priesthood.[citation needed] In 1975, Joyce enrolled at the University of Dayton, a Catholic university in Dayton, Ohio, from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1979, and later receiving his Juris Doctor.[2]

Legal career[edit]

From 1983 to 1984 he was a public defender for Cuyahoga County, Ohio and from 1985 to 1988 he was a public defender for Geauga County, Ohio.

In 1989, Joyce was hired as an assistant county attorney in Lake County, Ohio. He assisted County Prosecutor Steven C. LaTourette in prosecuting serial murderer and cult leader Jeffrey Lundgren with the Kirtland cult killings.[3]

By 2012, Joyce had been appointed as Prosecutor of Geauga County, Ohio. He had responsibility for prosecuting the Chardon High School shooting of six students, which took place on February 27, 2012. The defendant, Thomas "T.J." Lane, 17 years old at the time of the crime, was ultimately charged as an adult with three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated attempted murder, and one count of felonious assault. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 2013 to three life sentences without parole.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2012

In July 2012, U.S. Congressman Steve LaTourette of Ohio's 14th congressional district announced that he would be retiring in 2012, rather than seek re-election. The Republican governor appointed Joyce as the replacement nominee on the Republican ticket.[4][5]

Joyce ran in the November general election against Democratic Party candidate Dale Virgil Blanchard, Libertarian David Macko and Green Party candidate Elaine Mastromatteo. Joyce won the election with 54% of the vote.[6]

2014

In February 2013, Roll Call reported that Steve Israel, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, had identified the 14th congressional district as one of the party's top four targets in 2014. The House Majority PAC made Joyce one of its top targets to oust in the 2014 elections.[7]

In 2014, according to one news source, Joyce "survived a grueling primary against a Tea Party-backed candidate," before facing "an equally tough challenge from Michael Wager."[8] Joyce won 63.3% of the vote, with Wager receiving 33% and independent David Macko winning 3.7%.[9]

2016

Joyce defeated Wager again, 62.6% to 37.4%.[10]

2018

In April 2017, Betsy Rader, a Democrat, announced that she would be running against Joyce in 2018. Rader is a lawyer who represents victims of employment discrimination. Rader said that she supported "much" of the Affordable Care Act, but said she needed to study health care more as an issue. Rader criticized Joyce for opposing an increase in the minimum wage and for wanting to withdraw federal funding for Planned Parenthood.[11]

In October 2017, Darrell Scott, a pastor involved in President Donald Trump's political operation, and who served as CEO of the semi-official "National Diversity Coalition for Trump" organized by Trump's attorney Michael Cohen, said he would consider a primary challenge to Joyce.[12]

Committee assignments[edit]

Tenure[edit]

Asked about his legislative priorities in March 2016, Joyce cited terrorist threats, job growth, government spending, the national debt, environmental protection of the Great Lakes, and health care.[17]

The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy ranked Joyce as the 29th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress and the most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio.[18]

In July 2017, Joyce said that political discourse in the U.S. had reached a "vitriolic" level. "I do know there's a level of frustration out there," he said. "But we need to work together. [President Donald Trump] has gotten into this tug-of-war with the national media. Now we're six months into his presidency ... and infrastructure improvements, tax changes and healthcare law are not getting covered. They are dealing with the Tweet du Jour ... and [Trump's tweets] certainly don't help."[19]

Joyce is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership,[20] United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus,[21] Veterinary Medicine Caucus,[22] Climate Solutions Caucus,[23] and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.[24]

Health care

In July 2017, Joyce expressed the view that the only viable route to a consensus on health care was to take a bipartisan approach. While admitting that Obamacare was "going to fail" he said that the drafting of the GOP's then-current Senate health-care bill was "even worse than how the Affordable Care Act evolved" and that the GOP's House health-care bill "was too partisan" and that there "is nothing in this Senate bill, that is going to bring down the cost of healthcare."[25]

Jobs

In an August 2013 speech, Joyce said that part of the problem with the jobs issue was that there are "3 million jobs every month in this country that go unfilled." He noted that the Cleveland Plain Dealer had fact-checked this number and had "actually came up with a higher number than 3 million." The trouble, he explained, is that employers "can't find people to come to work sober, daily, drug-free and want to learn the necessary skills going forward to be able to do those jobs."[26]

Military and intelligence

In March 2016, Joyce emphasized his support for the military and intelligence communities. He noted his votes for the strengthening of the Visa Waiver Program in order to "ensure terrorists with Western passports don't enter our country," for restrictions on transferring Guantanamo detainees, and for enhancements in cybersecurity infrastructure. He said, in summary, that he was "committed to giving our soldiers and our intelligence community all of the resources they need to do the job."[27]

Immigration and terrorism

Also in March 2016, Joyce said that he had co-sponsored "several bills that ensured refugees underwent stricter scrutiny in order to prevent a Paris-style attack from happening in the United States."[28]

Transportation

In 2014, Joyce introduced the Safe Streets Act with Congresswoman Doris Matsui. The bill would nationalize transportation "design elements" so that streets would be designed with the safety of drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists in mind.[29]

Cannabis

Joyce has supported a number of congressional efforts to reform cannabis laws. He reintroduced the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment in 2018 to prohibit the Justice Department from spending funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical cannabis laws.[30] He also introduced the STATES Act in 2018 (and again in 2019) to protect states from federal interference regarding both medical and recreational use.[31][32] Also in 2018, Joyce signed on to cosponsor the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.[33] In January 2019, Joyce was named a co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.[34][35]

Personal life[edit]

Dave married Kelly in 1990. They live in Russell Township with their three children: Trenton, KK, and Bridey. He is a member of the National District Attorney Association and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Association. He is also Director of the Geauga Bluecoats Inc.[36]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results[37]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2012 U.S. House of Representatives General Dave Joyce Republican 183,660 54% Dale V. Blanchard Democratic 131,638 38.7% Elaine Mastromatteo Green 13,038 3.8% David Macko Libertarian 11,536 3.4% *

*Write-in candidates Aaron Zurbrugg received 6 votes (<1%), Erick Robinson received 0 votes, and Steven Winfield received 0 votes.

Election results[38]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2014 U.S. House of Representatives General Dave Joyce Republican 135,736 63.3% Michael Wager Democratic 70,856 33% David Macko Libertarian 7,988 3.7% *


Election results[39]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2016 U.S. House of Representatives General Dave Joyce Republican 219,191 62.6% Michael Wager Democratic 130,907 37.4% *

*Write-in candidates received 171 votes (<1%)

Election results[40]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2018 U.S. House of Representatives General Dave Joyce Republican 169,809 55.2% Betsy Rader Democratic 137,549 44.8% *

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Joyce, R (Ohio-14) : Roll Call
  2. ^ "Ohio, 14th House District". National Journal. Atlantic Media Company. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  3. ^ Northeast Ohio GOP leaders choose David Joyce to replace outgoing Rep. Steve LaTourette on ballot (updated) | cleveland.com
  4. ^ Sherman, Jake (2012-07-30). "Steve LaTourette blames polarizing climate for departure". Politico. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  5. ^ Gomez, Henry (10 August 2012). "Northeast Ohio GOP leaders choose David Joyce to replace outgoing Rep. Steve LaTourette on ballot". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  6. ^ "2012 Ohio House Results". Politico. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  7. ^ Terkel, Amanda. "Rep. Dave Joyce On Unfilled Jobs: Businesses Can’t Find Enough ‘Sober,’ ‘Drug-Free’ Workers", Huffington Post; August 24, 2013; https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/23/dave-joyce-workers-drug-free_n_3804552.html
  8. ^ Warsmith, Stephanie. "U.S. Rep. David Joyce faces another serious challenge as Democrat Michael Wager seeks 14th District seat in pricey race"; Akron Beacon Journal; October 22, 2014; https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/politics/u-s-rep-david-joyce-faces-another-serious-challenge-as-democrat-michael-wager-seeks-14th-district-seat-in-pricey-race
  9. ^ Ohio Election Results; New york Times; https://www.nytimes.com/elections/2014/ohio-elections
  10. ^ "Ohio U.S. House 14th District Results: David Joyce Wins;" New York Times; https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/ohio-house-district-14-joyce-wager
  11. ^ Peltzer; Jeremy; "Democrat Betsy Rader will seek to challenge U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce"; Cleveland.com; April 19, 2017; http://www.cleveland.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/04/democrat_betsy_rader_to_challe.html
  12. ^ Pro-Trump pastor Darrell Scott may challenge U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce in 2018 Republican primary, Cleveland.com (October 24, 2017).
  13. ^ "Congressman David Joyce : Committees & Caucuses". joyce.house.gov. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  14. ^ "Granger Announces Republican Committee Assignments | Committee on Appropriations Republicans". republicans-appropriations.house.gov. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  15. ^ "Granger Announces Republican Committee Assignments | Committee on Appropriations Republicans". republicans-appropriations.house.gov. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  16. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  17. ^ David Joyce, candidate for U.S. Representative Ohio 14th District seat, March 2016 primary election;The News Herald; http://www.news-herald.com/government-and-politics/20160308/david-joyce-candidate-for-us-representative-ohio-14th-district-seat-march-2016-primary-election
  18. ^ The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index (PDF), The Lugar Center, March 7, 2016, retrieved April 30, 2017
  19. ^ Schunk, Andrew; Congressman Dave Joyce talks health care, discord over discourse; MyTown NEO; July 6, 2017; http://www.mytownneo.com/news/20170706/congressman-dave-joyce-talks-health-care-discord-over-discourse
  20. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Archived from the original on 26 August 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  21. ^ "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Archived from the original on 1 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  22. ^ "Members of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus". Veterinary Medicine Caucus. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  23. ^ "90 Current Climate Solutions Caucus Members". Citizen´s Climate Lobby. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  24. ^ Eaton, Sabrina (January 9, 2019). "Rep. Dave Joyce to co-chair Congressional Cannabis Caucus". cleveland.com. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  25. ^ Schunk, Andrew; Congressman Dave Joyce talks health care, discord over discourse; MyTown NEO; July 6, 2017; http://www.mytownneo.com/news/20170706/congressman-dave-joyce-talks-health-care-discord-over-discourse
  26. ^ Terkel, Amanda; Rep. Dave Joyce On Unfilled Jobs: Businesses Can’t Find Enough ‘Sober,’ ‘Drug-Free’ Workers; Huffington Post; August 24, 2013; https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/23/dave-joyce-workers-drug-free_n_3804552.html
  27. ^ David Joyce, candidate for U.S. Representative Ohio 14th District seat, March 2016 primary election;The News Herald; March 8, 2016; http://www.news-herald.com/government-and-politics/20160308/david-joyce-candidate-for-us-representative-ohio-14th-district-seat-march-2016-primary-election
  28. ^ David Joyce, candidate for U.S. Representative Ohio 14th District seat, March 2016 primary election;The News Herald; March 8, 2016; http://www.news-herald.com/government-and-politics/20160308/david-joyce-candidate-for-us-representative-ohio-14th-district-seat-march-2016-primary-election
  29. ^ Martin, Aaron. "Bipartisan measure would improve road safety" Archived 2014-02-11 at Archive.today. Ripon Advance. February 10, 2014. (Retrieved 02-11-14).
  30. ^ Eaton, Sabrina (May 17, 2018). "Rep. Dave Joyce secures bill language to block federal interference with state medical marijuana laws". cleveland.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  31. ^ Eaton, Sabrina (June 7, 2018). "Rep. Dave Joyce introduces bill that would let states decide their own marijuana laws". cleveland.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  32. ^ "Joyce Unveils Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Protect States Rights" (Press release). house.gov. April 4, 2019.
  33. ^ "All Information (Except Text) for H.R.1227 - Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017". congress.gov. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  34. ^ Eaton, Sabrina (January 9, 2019). "Rep. Dave Joyce to co-chair Congressional Cannabis Caucus". cleveland.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  35. ^ Eaton, Sabrina (January 31, 2019). "Cannabis Caucus co-chair Dave Joyce has high hopes for marijuana legislation in the new Congress". cleveland.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  36. ^ Geauga County Prosecutor - About the Prosecutor
  37. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  38. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
  39. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
  40. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2015-01-26.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Steve LaTourette
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th congressional district

2013–present
Incumbent
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Preceded by
Hakeem Jeffries
United States Representatives by seniority
209th
Succeeded by
Joe Kennedy