|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 43rd district
May 13, 1996
|Preceded by||Michael Dawida|
of the Pennsylvania Senate
January 4, 2011
|Preceded by||Bob Mellow|
|Allegheny County Register of Wills|
January 6, 1992 – May 13, 1996
|Preceded by||Rita Wilson Kane|
|Succeeded by||Marty Madigan (Acting)[a]|
November 17, 1957 |
|Residence||Forest Hills, Pennsylvania|
|Alma mater||Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University|
|a.^ Madigan served as Acting Register of Wills until David Wecht was elected as Costa's permanent successor in 1997.|
Jay Costa is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate who has represented the 43rd District since 1996. He is a member of the Costa political family in Pittsburgh. On November 17, 2010, Senate Democrats elected Costa as their new floor leader, succeeding the retiring Bob Mellow.
In 2006 Costa voted to pass the Marriage Definition Constitutional Amendment, which legally defines marriage as between one man and one woman. He is strongly supportive of abortion rights and received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood in 2013 and 2014.
Costa attended Community College in Allegheny County, A.S. in 1977. After that in 1979 he attended Indiana University of PA, and then in 1989 received his JD at Duquesne University School of Law.
aimed to protect the integrity of our state government and maintain the balance of influence in the election of public officials by establishing campaign contribution limits in Pennsylvania. On November 29, 2016 Senator Costa redeveloped the site at 7800 Susquehanna Street in Homewood. This will be bolstered by $1 million in state grant funds, state Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Representative Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) had announced at the site.The $1 million grant was approved through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).
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- Fischione Donovan, Sandra (May 21, 1997). "County races decided". The Allegheny Times. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- Bumsted, Brad (November 18, 2010). "Pennsylvania political power shifts west". The Pittsburgh Tribune. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
- "Legislative Scorecard". Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
- "Jay Costa, Jr.'s Political Summary". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
- Center, Legislativate Data Processing. "Senator Jay Costa". The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
- "Grant Funds Secured for Redevelopment Project in Homewood | State Senator Jay Costa". www.senatorcosta.com. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
Media related to Jay Costa at Wikimedia Commons
- Senator Costa official caucus website
- Pennsylvania State Senate - Jay Costa official PA Senate website
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Follow the Money - Jay Costa
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