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|Minority Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate|
|Assumed office |
January 4, 2011
|Preceded by||Bob Mellow|
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate|
from the 43rd district
|Assumed office |
May 13, 1996
|Preceded by||Michael Dawida|
|Register of Wills of Allegheny County|
January 6, 1992 – May 13, 1996
|Preceded by||Rita Wilson Kane|
|Succeeded by||Marty Madigan (Acting)[a]|
|Born||November 17, 1957|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
|Education||Community College of Allegheny County|
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BA)
Duquesne University School of Law (JD)
|a.^ Madigan served as Acting Register of Wills until David Wecht was elected as Costa's permanent successor in 1997.|
Jay Costa (born November 17, 1957) 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 supportive of abortion rights and received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood in 2013 and 2014.
Costa attended the Community College of Allegheny County, A.S. in 1977. After that in 1979 he attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and then in 1989 received his JD at Duquesne University School of Law.
Early in his career, Costa sponsored a plan to leverage rebates to lower drug costs for seniors. He was a strong supporter of expanding the CHIP program and Medicaid.
Beyond his legislative work, Costa has served on the board of trustees of the University of Pittsburgh and is treasurer of the Community College of Allegheny County board.
- Fischione Donovan, Sandra (May 21, 1997). "County races decided". The Allegheny Times. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate - 1995-1996" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
- Bumsted, Brad (November 18, 2010). "Pennsylvania political power shifts west". The Pittsburgh Tribune. Retrieved November 18, 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "Legislative Scorecard". Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. 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.
Media related to Jay Costa at Wikimedia Commons
- Senator Costa official caucus website
- Pennsylvania State Senate - Jay Costa official PA Senate website
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