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Jim Costa

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Jim Costa
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U.S. House, California, District 16
Incumbent
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCal Dooley (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$7,103,900
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate
1994-2002
California State Assembly
1978-1994
Education
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Fresno
Personal
BirthdayApril 13, 1952
Place of birthFresno, California
ProfessionRancher
Net worth$3,814,503
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
James Manuel "Jim" Costa (b. April 13, 1952) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 16th congressional district. Costa was first elected to the House in 2004.

Costa most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Brian Daniel Whelan (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1] Costa's seat was redistricted to the 16th District.

Costa began his political career in the California State Assembly, where he served from 1978 to 1994. He went on to serve in the California State Senate as well, from 1994 to 2002.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Costa is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Costa was born in Fresno, California. He earned a B.A. from California State University, Fresno, in 1974.[2]

Career

Costa worked as a rancher before entering public service.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Costa serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development and Credit (Ranking member)
  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

2011-2012

Costa served on the following committees:[4]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture, Ranking Member
  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power

Issues

Specific votes

Rep. Costa voted for TARP.[5] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[6]

Costa also supported the stimulus bill.[7] According to polls, 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%), while 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [8]

In addition, Rep. Costa voted for the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[9] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[10]

Rep. Costa supported the health care reform bill.[11] According to a poll, 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. Additionally, 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. Finally, 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[12]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Costa voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[13]

Elections

2012

See also: California's 16th congressional district elections, 2012

Costa won re-election in 2012, in California's 16th congressional district following redistricting.[1] He and Brian Daniel Whelan (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Loraine Goodwin (D), Mark Garcia (R), and Johnny Tacherra (R). Costa then defeated Whelan in the November 6, 2012, general election.[14][15]

U.S. House, California District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Costa Incumbent 57.4% 84,649
     Republican Brian Daniel Whelan 42.6% 62,801
Total Votes 147,450
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 16 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Costa (D) Incumbent 42.7% 25,355
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Daniel Whelan (R) 25.3% 15,053
Johnny Tacherra (R) 11.4% 6,776
Mark Garcia (R) 11% 6,529
Loraine Goodwin (D) 9.6% 5,703
Total Votes 59,416

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Costa is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Costa raised a total of $7,103,900 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[20]

Jim Costa's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 16) Won $1,483,125
2010 US House (California, District 20) Won $1,795,156
2008 US House (California, District 20) Won $1,026,588
2006 US House (California, District 20) Won $885,524
2004 US House (California, District 20) Won $1,913,507
Grand Total Raised $7,103,900

2012

Breakdown of the source of Costa's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Costa won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Costa's campaign committee raised a total of $1,483,125 and spent $1,274,918.[21]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Costa's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Costa won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Costa's campaign committee raised a total of $1,795,156 and spent $2,076,986.[22]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 20, 2010 - Jim Costa Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,795,156
Total Spent $2,076,986
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $897,504
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $891,826
Top contributors to Jim Costa's campaign committee
McCaffrey Group$28,800
Pachulski, Stang et al$21,100
ML Street Properties$16,800
American Crystal Sugar$15,000
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$15,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Crop Production & Basic Processing$145,812
Lawyers/Law Firms$85,084
Oil & Gas$69,650
Leadership PACs$68,700
Candidate Committees$68,240

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Costa is a "centrist Democrat" as of June 2013.[23]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Costa missed 332 of 6,440 roll call votes from January 2005 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[24]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Costa paid his congressional staff a total of $1,005,163 in 2011. He ranked 77th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 156th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Costa's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,119,009 and $6,509,998. That averages to $3,814,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 5.53% from 2010.[26]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Costa's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $869,009 and $6,359,998. That averages to $3,614,503.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[27]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Costa ranked 171st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[28]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Costa ranked 178th in the liberal rankings.[29]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Jim Costa has voted with the Democratic Party 81.2% of the time, which ranked 197th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[30]

Personal

Costa is single.

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Jim Costa," Accessed November 6, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. Jim Costa, Representing the 20th District of California "Committees"
  5. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml
  6. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  7. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  8. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  9. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  10. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  11. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  12. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  13. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  14. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  15. Unofficial election results
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jim Costa," Accessed March 22, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Jim Costa 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Jim Costa 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 6, 2011
  23. Gov Track "Jim Costa," Accessed June 7 2013
  24. GovTrack, "Jim Costa," Accessed April 2, 2013
  25. LegiStorm "Jim Costa"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Costa, (D-California), 2011"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Costa, (D-California), 2010"
  28. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Cal Dooley
U.S. House of Representatives - California
2005-Present
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California State Senate
1994-2002
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California State Assembly
1978-1994
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