Read our 2018 Report Card for Costa.
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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Aug 23, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Jim Costa sits on the following committees:
Costa was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4389 (112th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 19 East Merced Street in Fowler, California, as the “Cecil E. Bolt Post Office”.
- H.R. 3754 (110th): To authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to accept, as part of a settlement, diesel emission reduction Supplemental Environmental Projects, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 4122 (110th): American Investment in Safe, Reliable High-Speed Rail Act
Does 3 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).
Costa sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Costa’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4203: To amend title 18, United States Code, to strengthen enforcement of spousal court-ordered ...
- H.R. 4204: To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans ...
- H.R. 4105: Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue Enhancement Act
- H.Res. 90: Supporting the observation of “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month” during January ...
- H.R. 5726: Non-Federal Reservoir Operations Improvement Act
- H.R. 5487: Regional Conservation Partnership Program Improvement Act of 2018
- H.R. 4716: Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act
From Jan 2005 to Jul 2019, Costa missed 607 of 10,596 roll call votes, which is 5.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% 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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