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Rep. Jim Costa

Representative for California’s 16th District

pronounced jim // KOSS-tuh

Costa is the representative for California’s 16th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Costa’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for California’s 20th congressional district as a Democrat from 2005 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Costa is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Costa has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 8, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Jim Costa sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Costa was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Costa sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (23%) Water Resources Development (17%) International Affairs (13%) Energy (13%) Immigration (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Health (7%) Sports and Recreation (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Costa recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Costa voted Yea

Costa voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. …

Costa voted Aye

Passed 247/178 on Jun 16, 2015.

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (IAA), H.R. 2596, was passed by the House on June 16. The IAA would authorize funding for …

Costa voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Costa voted Aye

Costa voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Dec 2022, Costa missed 642 of 11,985 roll call votes, which is 5.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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