Paul Costa (politician)

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Paul Costa
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 34th district
In office
January 5, 1999[1] – January 1, 2019
Preceded byRonald R. Cowell
Succeeded bySummer Lee
Personal details
Born (1959-10-11) October 11, 1959 (age 59)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kathleen Gallant Costa
ResidenceWilkins Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Alma materCommunity College of Allegheny County
Point Park College

Paul Costa (born October 11, 1959) was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the 34th District from 1999 to 2018. He was defeated in the 2018 Democratic primary by progressive challenger Summer Lee.[2]


Costa was born on October 11, 1959[3] to Jay Sr. (once Allegheny County treasurer) and Louise Costa. One of six children, he has a brother, Jay Jr., who serves 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.[4]

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. ^ Davis, Adelina Lancianese, Kathleen J. "Progressive Summer Lee Defeats Incumbent Paul Costa In 34th State House District". Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  3. ^ "PAUL COSTA - PA House of Representatives". Pennysylvania General Assembly. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Balingit, Moriah (November 16, 2010). "State Rep. Costa cited for marijuana". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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