Joy Goff-Marcil was elected to serve District 30 in the Florida House of Representatives in November 2018. Since then, she has proudly represented this cross section of Central Florida, which includes parts of Orange and Seminole counties. Joy is running for reelection on the Nov. 3, 2020 ballot.
With dedication and enthusiasm for her role as hometown representative, Joy brings a balanced, common sense approach to her responsibilities in the State House. Using her degree in political science and 27 years of experience as a local attorney, Joy has the knowledge and skill to make sensible, independent decisions for her constituents and develop legislation that propels our district into the future.
Joy’s legislative initiatives stem from her care and concern for others. During the last two sessions of the Florida House, Joy tirelessly championed legislation to protect local ordinances and Florida’s natural resources; to expand healthcare and ensure access to mental healthcare for minors; to support small businesses; and to adopt a common sense approach to guns in the state. A graduate of the public schools in the district she serves, Joy prioritized and filed legislation to protect Florida’s public school funding, while advocating for teacher and staff raises.
Joy values the concerns of her neighbors over special interests. She holds virtual sessions each week to talk openly with residents. Prior to the coronavirus crisis, she hosted town hall sessions, attended community events and met weekly with constituents.
Before becoming state representative, Joy served six years on the Maitland City Council. She was elected by her peers as vice mayor in 2017. As a city council member, Joy voted for stronger ordinances to protect wetlands, promote city-wide walk-ability, streamline permitting processes, and maintain the quality of Maitland’s neighborhoods and schools. Prior to being elected to the city council, she volunteered hundreds of hours at local schools and helped start multiple community initiatives.
Joy attended Lake Sybelia Elementary, Maitland Junior High, and Winter Park High School. Joy earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and played flute with the world-renowned Marching Chiefs. Joy has a Juris Doctorate from the Stetson University College of Law and has been an active member of the Florida Bar Association since 1993. She is married to Rich Marcil, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist.
Joy and Rich have three children attending Edgewater High School, Florida State University, and one who recently graduated from Florida State. Her children like to help with her campaign. In fact, you can click here to check out their 2018 video about their mom.