Costa is the representative for California’s 16th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Costa is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
He was previously the representative for California’s 20th congressional district as a Democrat from 2005 to 2012.
Read our 2020 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 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 Jun 17, 2021. 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:
Crime and Law Enforcement (21%) Water Resources Development (16%) International Affairs (11%) Energy (11%) Health (11%) Sports and Recreation (11%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Agriculture and Food (11%)
Some of Costa’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 459: Expressing support for the designation of June as Portuguese National Heritage Month.
- H.R. 3272: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend biodiesel and renewable ...
- H.R. 3023: Restoring WIFIA Eligibility Act
- H.R. 3022: To modify the project for flood control, Redbank and Fancher Creeks, California, to ...
- H.R. 2969: Special Guerrilla Unit Veterans Service Recognition Expansion Act of 2021
- H.R. 2552: Canal Conveyance Capacity Restoration Act
- H.Res. 313: Supporting the designation of April 18-24, 2021, as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
From Jan 2005 to Jun 2021, Costa missed 625 of 11,208 roll call votes, which is 5.6%. 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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