Trey was born to Amy Hall and the late Mark Joy of Smith Center, KS. Trey has two siblings, a twin brother, Drew and a sister, Ashlyn. Trey is a sixth generation Kansan and landowner, as his family homesteaded in northern Smith County in the late 1800’s. The land is still farmed by extended family but will soon be farmed again by Trey and his brother Drew, who will be returning from college to farm. From the very early days, Trey has spent summers working on the farm and has owned his own cattle heard as well. It is on the family farm that Trey learned the invaluable work ethic and small town values that has served as the foundation for his life.
Trey attended public schools (K-12) in Smith Center. It was in high school that Trey gained an interest in politics. Trey was elected to serve 3 terms as a KAY Club Officer and 2 terms on Student Council, one of the terms as Senior Class Representative.
After high school, Trey attended Fort Hays State University, majoring in Political Science. During his first year of college Trey decided to run for Mayor of his hometown. In 2009 Trey declared himself a write-in candidate for Mayor and won at the age of 19. During his time as Mayor, Trey has worked to spread Conservative principles throughout Smith Center. Trey is Pro-Life, Pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-10th Amendment, and fiscally and socially conservative on all issues. Trey currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Smith Center Chamber of Commerce, on the boards of several Charitable Trust Foundations, and currently serves as the City Council liaison to Smith Center Economic Development. Trey is also an active Member and President of the Smith Center Rotary Club, Vice President of the Smith County Kiwanis Club, Vice Chair At Large of the Kansas Young Republicans, and Vice Chair of the Big First Young Republicans.
During the summer of 2011, Trey spent five weeks in Washington, D.C. working as an intern to Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS). During his time in the Senate, Trey received a real education of government workings. It was here that Trey had the opportunity to give Capitol tours to visiting Kansans, attended Committee meetings on Agriculture, Education, and Banking and learned how excessive government regulation has a devastating impact on Kansas Farmers, how an educated workforce is essential to the economic health of not only the United States but of Kansas, and how financial regulations burden not only people but small businesses. Trey also learned how the values of a small town upbringing could help change Kansas and the United States for the better, and has since felt a calling to be a Representative of the people he cares about most, the hardworking people of Kansas. After working in Senator Roberts’ Office, Trey was accepted and graduated as a member of the inaugural class of The Leadership Series, a series of policy seminars that focused on Republican and Conservative principles in various policy areas.
In October 2011, Trey declared his candidacy for the Kansas State House of Representatives. He is now working to raise funds and put together an organization and to strengthen the Conservative voice in the Kansas State House of Representatives. District 109 currently consists of all of Smith, Osborne, and Russell Counties, and parts of Jewell, Lincoln, Barton, and Rush Counties in North Central and Central Kansas.
February 2013, Joy declared he would seek a second term as Mayor of Smith Center, KS.
Outside politics, Trey works full time at the Smith County Attorney's Office. In his personal life, Trey likes to spend time outdoors and with family and friends. He is also an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church Smith Center.