John Joyce (American politician)

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John Joyce
John Joyce, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 13th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byBill Shuster (Redistricting)
Personal details
John Patrick Joyce

(1957-02-08) February 8, 1957 (age 64)
Altoona, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Alice Joyce
EducationPennsylvania State University (BS)
Temple University (MD)
WebsiteHouse website

John Patrick Joyce[1] (born February 8, 1957)[2] is an American dermatologist and politician from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district, serving since 2019. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Joyce was born and raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with his bachelor's degree and Temple University School of Medicine with his Doctor of Medicine. He completed his medical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Joyce and his wife, Alice, founded Altoona Dermatology Associates. In 2018, Joyce ran for the United States House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district.[4] He won the Republican Party primary election against seven other candidates with 22% of the vote.[5] The district had previously been the 9th, represented by nine-term incumbent Bill Shuster, who announced his retirement in January 2018; he and his father, Bud, had represented this district for 46 years. Like its predecessor, it is heavily Republican. Donald Trump won the old 9th in 2016 with 69% of the vote, his strongest showing in the state.[6] He would have won the new 13th just as easily had it existed in 2016, with 71% of the vote.[7] With a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+22, on paper it was Pennsylvania's most Republican district.

Joyce won the general election against Brent Ottaway with 70.5% of the vote.[8]


Joyce was reelected on November 3, 2020, against Todd Rowley, with 73.5% of the vote.[9]


In December 2020, Joyce was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[10] incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[11][12][13]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." She also reprimanded Joyce and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions."[14][15] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Joyce and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit, arguing that "the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."[16]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Joyce 14,615 21.9
Republican John Eichelberger 13,101 19.6
Republican Stephen Bloom 12,195 18.3
Republican Doug Mastriano 10,485 15.7
Republican Art Halvorson 10,161 15.2
Republican Travis Schooley 3,030 4.5
Republican Bernie Washabaugh 1,908 2.9
Republican Ben Hornberger 1,182 1.8
Total votes 66,677 100.0
Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Joyce 178,533 70.5
Democratic Brent Ottaway 74,733 29.5
Total votes 253,266 100.0
Republican hold


  1. ^ Pennsylvania Medical Licence Verification
  2. ^ Perks, Ashley (November 15, 2018). "Pennsylvania New Members 2019". TheHill.
  3. ^ "Primary Preview: 13th Congressional District | Politics". May 12, 2018. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Blair dermatologist announces bid for 13th District | News, Sports, Jobs". Altoona Mirror. March 20, 2018. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Michelle Ganassi (May 15, 2018). "13th voters: Time to re-Joyce | Somerset". Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Presidential results by congressional district for districts used in 2016, from Daily Kos
  7. ^ Presidential results by congressional district for districts used in 2018, from Daily Kos
  8. ^ "Pennsylvania | Full House results".
  9. ^ "Pennsylvania Election Results: 13th Congressional District". The New York Times. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  10. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). "Biden officially secures enough electors to become president". AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  11. ^ Liptak, Adam (December 11, 2020). "Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  12. ^ "Order in Pending Case" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. December 11, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  13. ^ Diaz, Daniella. "Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court". CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  14. ^ Smith, David (December 12, 2020). "Supreme court rejects Trump-backed Texas lawsuit aiming to overturn election results". The Guardian. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  15. ^ "Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Rejecting GOP Election Sabotage Lawsuit" (Press release). Speaker Nancy Pelosi. December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  16. ^ Williams, Jordan (December 11, 2020). "Democrat asks Pelosi to refuse to seat lawmakers supporting Trump's election challenges". TheHill. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  17. ^ "Member Profiles: John Joyce". Office of the Clerk, US House of Representatives. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  18. ^ "Army Caucus". Representative John Carter House Page. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  19. ^ "Auto Care Caucus House Membership Reaches 30". Congressman Troy Balderson House Page. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  20. ^ "Congressional Bus Caucus". The Bus Coalition. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  21. ^ "Doctors Caucus". Brad Wenstrup, Representing Ohio's 2nd District. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  22. ^ "House and Senate Paper and Packaging Caucus". American Forest & Paper Association. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  23. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved December 21, 2017.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Brendan Boyle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Dusty Johnson
United States representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Andy Kim