Jim Costa

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U.S. Representative

Jim Costa ()
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Committees: House Committee on Agriculture, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Natural Resources
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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James Manuel "Jim" Costa, a Democrat, has represented the 20th Congressional District of California in the U. S. House of Representatives since 2004.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Born in Fresno on April 13 1952, Costa is a third-generation family farmer. His grandparents emigrated from Portugal's Azores Islands in the early 20th century. He graduated from Fresno State in 1974. He was a state legislator for 24 years, serving in the California State Assembly from 1978 until 1991, and in the California State Senate from 1994 until 2002. He was an aggressive fighter for farmers, the environment and health care in the Fresno area.

In 2004, Costa defeated Republican state senator Roy Ashburn to become the U.S. Representative for the 20th District.

Costa's legislative priorities are largely centered around California's Central Valley, a key agricultural region for the U.S. According to his House biography, Costa "has spent the majority of his life working to improve the lives of the people of the San Joaquin Valley on the local, state and national level. An accomplished problem solver, Costa cares first and foremost about the Valley, above partisanship and politics. His innovative approach to practical legislation has brought significant benefits to all Valley residents."[1]

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Costa’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2]

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the California superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Jim Costa, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

Money in Politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Pachulski, Stang et al$ 24,450
Fagundes Dairy$ 21,100
ML Street Properties$ 20,800
Granville Homes$ 18,200
PG&E Corp$ 16,749
American Crystal Sugar$ 15,000
Blue Dog PAC$ 15,000
Exxon Mobil$ 15,000
Forhan Co$ 10,400
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Jim Costa
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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Jim Costa. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 1314 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3341 Fax: 202-225-9308
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District offices
  • 2700 M Street Suite 225 Bakersfield, CA 93301
    Ph: 661-869-1620 Fax: (none entered)
  • 855 M Street Suite 940 Fresno, CA 93721
    Ph: 559-495-1620 Fax: (none entered)
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