|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.
- Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate - 1995-1996" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
- 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.
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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