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Roll Call New Member Profiles: 113th Congress
  • Election: Defeated Dale Virgil Blanchard, D, to succeed Rep. Steven C. LaTourette, R, who retired
  • Residence: Novelty
  • Born: March 17, 1957; Cleveland, Ohio
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Family: Wife, Kelly Joyce; three children
  • Education: U. of Dayton, B.S. 1979 (accounting), J.D. 1982
  • Career: County public defender
  • Political highlights: Geauga County prosecutor, 1988-present

David Joyce, R-Ohio
(14th District)

Named to replace Republican Rep. Steven C. LaTourette on the general election ballot in August after LaTourette’s surprise retirement announcement, Joyce suddenly finds himself in Congress after a long stint as a prosecutor.

Joyce has kept his ideological temperament something of a mystery.

"He’s an enigma," state Rep. Ron Young, a Republican, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Joyce was appointed Geauga County prosecuting attorney in 1988 and has been regularly re-elected to the position. In his first year, he worked with LaTourette to prosecute a notorious cult murder case in Kirtland.

"Dave cares deeply about children, families and education," according to a biography of Joyce on his county office website.

At an Oct. 23 debate for what was considered a safely Republican seat, only a few dozen people showed up, according to WKSU Ohio.

Joyce said he would help break through gridlock in Washington.

"It’s been childish what’s been taking place, and I am - just like you - frustrated with what’s been taking place in Congress," Joyce said during the October debate. "What makes me think that I should get up off my duff at 55 years old and go to Washington, D.C., to break that gridlock? Because I care."

The Judiciary Committee seems a likely landing spot for Joyce.

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