David Joyce (politician)

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David Joyce
David Joyce.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded bySteve LaTourette
39th Prosecutor of Geauga County, Ohio
In office
January 5, 1988 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byCraig Albert
Personal details
BornDavid Patrick Joyce
(1957-03-17) March 17, 1957 (age 56)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kelly Joyce (1990-)
ResidenceRussell Township
ProfessionAttorney
WebsiteRepresentative David Joyce
 
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David Joyce
David Joyce.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded bySteve LaTourette
39th Prosecutor of Geauga County, Ohio
In office
January 5, 1988 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byCraig Albert
Personal details
BornDavid Patrick Joyce
(1957-03-17) March 17, 1957 (age 56)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kelly Joyce (1990-)
ResidenceRussell Township
ProfessionAttorney
WebsiteRepresentative David Joyce

David Patrick Joyce (born March 17, 1957) is an American politician who has been 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 Republican Party.

Prosecutor of Geauga County[edit]

In 1989, he worked with Lake County Prosecutor Steven LaTourette to charge serial murderer and Cult leader Jeffrey Lundgren of the Kirtland cult killings.[2] In 2005, he earned the Family Friendly Workplace Award from the Ohio State Women’s Bar Association.

Joyce was nominated by Senators Mike DeWine and George Voinovich to serve as U.S. Attorney.[2] However, questions arose during the background investigation and President George W. Bush did not move forward with the nomination.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2012

In August 2012, U.S. Congressman Steve LaTourette of Ohio's 14th congressional district decided not to seek re-election in the general election after being unopposed in the primary. He cited numerous disputes with the Republican leadership and the right-wing of the Republican Party and the odds that he would not receive the chairmanship he desired.[citation needed] Seven Republican county chairmen and six Republican county secretaries unanimously chose Joyce to fill the GOP slot on the ballot. He was heavily favored[citation needed] to win the November election against perennial Democratic Party candidate Dale Virgil Blanchard, Libertarian David Macko and Green Party candidate Elaine Mastromatteo. Joyce has indicated that he is more conservative than LaTourette, telling the press that "Steve tells me I'm to the right of him."[2][4]

Joyce won the election and was sworn in on January 3, 2013.

Committee assignments[edit]

Legislation sponsored[edit]

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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

David 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.[6]

Recent events[edit]

Congressman Joyce was recently a headline speaker a meeting of the Ripon Society where he spoke about the 2013 IRS scandal and tax reform.[7]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results[8]
YearOfficeElectionSubjectPartyVotes%OpponentPartyVotes%OpponentPartyVotes%OpponentPartyVotes%
2012U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralDavid JoyceRepublican183,66054.04%Dale BlanchardDemocratic131,63838.73%Elaine MastromatteoGreen13,0383.84%David MackoLibertarian11,5363.39%*

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

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External links[edit]

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

January 3, 2013 – present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Hakeem Jeffries
D-New York
United States Representatives by seniority
394th
Succeeded by
Joseph P. Kennedy III
D-Massachusetts