Paul Costa (Pennsylvania politician)

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This article is about the Pennsylvania politician. For the football player, see Paul Costa.
Paul Costa
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 34th district
Assumed office
January 5, 1999[1]
Preceded by Ronald R. Cowell
Personal details
Born 1960
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kathleen Gallant Costa
Residence Wilkins Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Community College of Allegheny County
Point Park College
Religion Catholic

Paul Costa is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the 34th District since 1999. He currently serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Licensing (Liquor Control) and on Cities and Counties (Urban Affairs), as well as sitting on the Committees on Tourism & Recreational Development and on Transportation.


Costa was born to Jay Sr. (once Allegheny County treasurer) and Louise Costa. One of six children, he has brother, Jay Jr., who is also a member of the Pennsylvania legislature, serving as state senator for the 43rd district.

He graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1978 in the same class as Gary Graff and Maxine Lapiduss. He then studied at Community College of Allegheny County, where he obtained an A.G.S. in 1988, and at Point Park College, earning a B.S. in Accounting in 1994.

He served on the Wilkins Township board of commissioners for three years, including one year as board president, and worked in the Allegheny County prothonotary's office for over two decades. Vice-chairman of the Wilkins Township Democratic Committee since 1992] Costa served as an alternate delegate to that year's Democratic National Convention, which nominated Bill Clinton. He is also a member of the parish council of St. Colman Catholic Church in Turtle Creek.

In October 2010, Costa was cited by Pittsburgh Police for possession of marijuana outside a Steelers game.[2]

Costa is married to Kathleen Gallant, with whom he has three children: Michael, Maria, and Dante.


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 1999 - 183D OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1999-01-05. 
  2. ^ Balingit, Moriah (November 16, 2010). "State Rep. Costa cited for marijuana". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

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