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Joyce Marie Cusack (born May 21, 1942) is an American politician. She is a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 27th District and a member of the Democratic Party. Her district covered a part of Volusia County, Florida.
|Joyce M. Cusack|
May 21, 1942 |
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
|Spouse(s)||Charles Cusack Jr. (m.1961 - his death in 2009)|
|Occupation||Florida politician, Retired Registered Nurse|
Cusack was born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and resides in DeLand, Florida. She received her Associate's degree in Nursing from Daytona Beach Community College (now Daytona State College) in 1971 and her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida in 1984.
She was first elected to the House in 2000, when she defeated Pat Patterson for the District 26 seat, and was subsequently re-elected in 2004.
Some of the committees that Cusack was affiliated with were Trade and Banking, Health Care General, Select Committee on Medicaid Reform, Spaceport and Technology, State Infrastructure Council, Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations.
She was married to Charles Cusack Jr. (deceased), and has two grown daughters, and three grandchildren. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Cusack was re-elected to a fourth term in the Florida House, beating former Ormond Beach Mayor Dave Hood with about 63 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results on November 7, 2006. Her victory led a trend of incumbent representatives winning re-election to the Florida House of Representatives. She currently serves as the Democratic Leader pro tempore of the Florida House, making her the number two ranking Democratic member.
Cusack, who was awarded an honorary doctorate degree at Bethune-Cookman University, left the Florida Legislature in May 2008 due to term limits. In November 2010, she won the Volusia County Council at-large seat over popular Volusia Tax Reform co-founder Margie Patchett. In 2014, Cusack retained her at-large seat, defeating political veteran Pat Northey.