Jay Costa

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Jay Costa
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Minority Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate
Assumed office
January 4, 2011
Preceded byBob Mellow
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 43rd district
Assumed office
May 13, 1996
Preceded byMichael Dawida
Register of Wills of Allegheny County
In office
January 6, 1992 – May 13, 1996
Preceded byRita Wilson Kane
Succeeded byMarty Madigan (Acting)[a]
Personal details
Born (1957-11-17) November 17, 1957 (age 61)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Roxanne Ross
EducationCommunity 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.[1]

Jay Costa (born November 17, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate who has represented the 43rd District since 1996.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

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.[6]

Political career[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Fischione Donovan, Sandra (May 21, 1997). "County races decided". The Allegheny Times. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  2. ^ Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate - 1995-1996" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  3. ^ Bumsted, Brad (November 18, 2010). "Pennsylvania political power shifts west". The Pittsburgh Tribune. Retrieved November 18, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Legislative Scorecard". Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Jay Costa, Jr.'s Political Summary". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  6. ^ Center, Legislativate Data Processing. "Senator Jay Costa". The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Retrieved 2016-12-09.

External links[edit]

Media related to Jay Costa at Wikimedia Commons

Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Bob Mellow
Minority Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate