Dom Costa

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Dom Costa
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 21st district
Assumed office
January 6, 2009[1]
Preceded by Elisabeth Bennington
Personal details
Born 1951 (age 66–67)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Darlene
Residence Pittsburgh
Alma mater Penn Hills High School (1970) / Allegeny County Police Academy (1978)
Occupation Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Dom Costa
Relatives Darlene (wife)
Police career
Department Pittsburgh Police
Years of service 1979-September 28, 2006 (Pittsburgh Police Department)
Rank 1 Gold Star.svg - Pittsburgh Police Chief
January 2, 2006-September 28, 2006

Dominic J. Costa (born 1951) is a current Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.[2] He was the Chief of the Pittsburgh Police in 2006, and was a 27-year veteran of the force. He is a member of the Costa political family in Pittsburgh.


Costa was first elected in 2008, receiving 78% of the vote. He defeated Dan Mahon-I (14%) and Jonah Yon McAllister-Erickson-G (7%). Costa has since run unopposed through 2016.[3]

Law Enforcement Career[edit]

He began his police career in suburban East McKeesport in 1977 and in 1979 became an officer with Pittsburgh. In 1981 he became a negotiator with the force eventually being promoted to Commander. He was injured by a shooter in a February 2002 standoff in the Homewood neighborhood, and briefly retired from the force. From January 2, 2006 – September 28, 2006 he was Pittsburgh Police Chief appointed by Pittsburgh mayor Bob O'Connor. He retired again from the PBP after then Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's administration took over City Hall and for a time became the Police Chief of suburban Penn Hills before going into elected office as a State representative.


He graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania criminal justice training center.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2009 - 193D OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2009-01-06. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ EL. "Dom Costa". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert McNeilly
Pittsburgh Police Chief
Succeeded by
Earl Woodyard