|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 21st district
January 6, 2009
|Preceded by||Elisabeth Bennington|
|Born||1951 (age 66–67)
|Alma mater||Penn Hills High School (1970) / Allegeny County Police Academy (1978)|
|Occupation||Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
|Years of service||1979-September 28, 2006 (Pittsburgh Police Department)|
|Rank|| - 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. 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.
Law Enforcement Career
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.
- "SESSION OF 2009 - 193D OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2009-01-06.
- EL. "Dom Costa". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Pennsylvania House of Representatives - Dom Costa (Democrat) official PA House website
- Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus - Dom Costa official Party website
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