Paul Costa

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Paul Costa
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Pennsylvania State House District 34
Incumbent
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPoint Park University, 1994
Associate'sCommunity College of Allegheny County
Personal
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Paul Costa is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 34. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Costa has served as President of the Wilkins Township Board of Commissioners. In 1992, he was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He then served as Commissioner of the Wilkins Township Board of Commissioners from 1996 to 1999. He has also served as Vice Chair of the Wilkins Township Democratic Committee since 1992.

Biography

Costa attended the Allegheny County Local Government Academy. He earned his A.G.S. from the Community College of Allegheny County in 1988 and his B.A. in Accounting from Point Park University in 1994. His professional experience includes working as Deputy in Charge of Family Division for the Allegheny County Prothonotary's Office from 1978 to 1998 and for Aramark as a Level Supervisor from 1992 to 1999.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Costa served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Gaming Oversight, Democratic Vice Chair
Insurance, Democratic Vice Chair
Judiciary
Rules

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Costa served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Costa served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Paul Costa was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Costa is unchallenged in the general election.[1][2]

2012

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Costa ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 34. Costa ran unchallenged in the April 24 primary and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. [3][4]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Costa Incumbent 100% 23,511
Total Votes 23,511

2010

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Costa won re-election to District 34 in 2010. He defeated Richard Dodaro in the primary election, receiving 6,104 votes while Dodaro received 2,132. Costa was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.[5]

Pennsylvania State House, District 34
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Costa (D) 15,466 100.0%

2008

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Costa won re-election to District 34 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, receiving 25,137 votes while running unopposed.[6]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 34
Candidates Votes Percent
Paul Costa (D) Green check mark transparent.png 25,137 100.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Paul Costa is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Paul Costa raised a total of $267,381 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 11, 2013.[7]

Paul Costa's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 34 Won $40,564
2010 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 34 Won $51,109
2008 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 34 Won $22,925
2006 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 34 Won $24,400
2004 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 34 Won $33,739
2002 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 34 Won $20,089
2000 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 34 Won $23,325
1998 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 34 Won $51,230
Grand Total Raised $267,381

2012

Paul Costa won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Paul Costa raised a total of $40,564.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Costa's campaign in 2012
Electrical Workers Local 5$5,214
Fetterman, John K$2,500
Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists$1,500
Ppl Corp$1,450
Steamfitters Local 449$1,300
Total Raised in 2012$40,564
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Paul Costa won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Paul Costa raised a total of $51,109.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 2 to December 31. In 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly will be in session from January 7 through November 30.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on bills related to reproductive freedom and family planning.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 4 through November 30. In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly began its legislative session on January 3.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators were scored based on floor votes that highlighted environmental issues.

Personal

Costa and his wife, Kathleen, have three children.

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Pennsylvania House Of Representatives District 34
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