Rep. Jim Costa

Representative from California’s 16th District, Democrat

Costa, a Democrat, has been the representative for California's 16th congressional district since Jan 3, 2013 (next election in 2016) (map).

He was previously the representative for California's 20th congressional district (2005-2012).

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Our unique analysis of the bills Costa has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Costa is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Costa for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Jim Costa sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Costa sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (45%) Water Resources Development (19%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Taxation (6%) Government Operations and Politics (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Costa’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Costa’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 4889: Kelsey Smith Act
May 23, 2016. Failed.
Yea H.R. 308: Keep the Promise Act of 2015
Nov 16, 2015. Failed.
Aye H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed.
Aye H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed.
Aye H.R. 2596: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Jun 16, 2015. Passed.
Aye H.R. 644: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015
Jun 12, 2015. Passed.
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed.
Nay H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Sep 2016, Costa missed 415 of 8,824 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 17 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: