Beatty Talks about the State of Her District
Rep. Joyce Beatty highlighted her work in Congress in front of about 500 people at East High School on Tuesday night, and stressed that "the work continues."
Beatty, a Democrat who represents Ohio's 3rd Congressional District, gave her State of the District speech Tuesday night. Her district is in Franklin County and includes most of Columbus, Bexley, Whitehall and Gahanna.
"I'm able to be a better mayor" because of Beatty, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said while introducing her.
Beatty talked of her work to prevent human trafficking in a bill that passed the House unanimously and was signed into law. By defining child sex trafficking as one of the types of sexual exploitation that should be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cyber Tipline, the law makes it easier to report instances of trafficking children for sex.
"We got it done," Beatty said.
She also talked about introducing a bill instructing the Treasury Department to place a woman on the $20 bill. It was recently announced that Civil War-era abolitionist Harriet Tubman would take that spot, becoming the first woman depicted on U.S. paper money.
"I was so proud to lead this effort early on," Beatty said.
She handed out numerous awards, including a lifetime achievement award for Joyce Garver Keller, the retired director of Ohio Jewish Communities, who died Sunday. Keller was a leading force behind the Holocaust memorial on the Statehouse grounds.
Beatty faces re-election in November with Republican John Adams, of Galloway, again challenging her. Beatty easily beat Adams in 2012 and 2014.
"There's so much more for us to do," Beatty said. "I make a commitment to do more because of you."