Jay Costa

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Jay Costa
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 43rd district
Assumed office
May 13, 1996[1]
Preceded by Michael Dawida
Democratic Leader
of the Pennsylvania Senate
Assumed office
January 4, 2011
Preceded by Bob Mellow
Allegheny County Register of Wills
In office
January 6, 1992 – May 13, 1996
Preceded by Rita Wilson Kane
Succeeded by Marty Madigan (Acting)[a]
Personal details
Born (1957-11-17) November 17, 1957 (age 59)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Roxanne Ross
Residence Forest Hills, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University
Profession Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic
a.^ Madigan served as Acting Register of Wills until David Wecht was elected as Costa's permanent successor in 1997.[2]

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.[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 strongly supportive of abortion rights and received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood in 2013 and 2014.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

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.[6]

Political career[edit]

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).[7]


  1. ^ Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate - 1995-1996" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 
  2. ^ Fischione Donovan, Sandra (May 21, 1997). "County races decided". The Allegheny Times. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bumsted, Brad (November 18, 2010). "Pennsylvania political power shifts west". The Pittsburgh Tribune. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Legislative Scorecard". Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates. 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. 
  7. ^ "Grant Funds Secured for Redevelopment Project in Homewood | State Senator Jay Costa". www.senatorcosta.com. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Jay Costa at Wikimedia Commons