COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Congresswoman Joyce Beatty announced Friday that her husband, former State Rep. Otto Beatty Jr. has died at the age of 81.
According to an Ohio Statehouse bio, Otto Beatty was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1940. He earned a BA and an MA in business administration from Howard University and a JD from The Ohio State University College of Law.
He served as president of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association and as an attorney for Black Elected Democrats of Ohio,. That group would later become the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus.
Beatty served 18 years in the Ohio legislature and was succeeded by his wife, Joyce Beatty.
In 2017, the King Arts Complex honored Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and Otto Beatty at the 11th Annual Legends and Legacies Award Ceremony.