Joyce Rankin, representing the 3rd Congressional District, was first appointed in August, 2015, to fill a mid-term vacancy and was elected in November, 2016, to complete the six-year term, commencing January 11, 2017. Her term will expire in January, 2021.
Rankin grew up in Allen Park, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Inspired by her fifth grade teacher, she told her parents she wanted to be a teacher. Following graduation with a degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University she traveled to California, where she began her teaching career in the fifth grade. She received her master’s degree and administrative credential from California State University at San Jose and served as an elementary school principal.
An advocate for school choice, she supports allowing parents to direct education funds to the school that best fits their child’s needs, whether public or private. She is also a supporter of charter schools, magnet schools, online schools, schools with blended learning opportunities, and homeschooling. America’s national security and economic future depend on a well-educated citizenry and she supports all forms of innovation that produce positive returns on our educational investment.
Joyce currently serves as a legislative aide for her husband, Representative Bob Rankin.
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