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Jim CostaDEMDemocrat United States Representative, CA-21
71
Years of Age
44
Years of Experience
CAResidence (state)

James Manuel Costa (born April 13, 1952) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for California's 21st congressional district since 2023, previously representing the 20th congressional district from 2005 to 2013 and the 16th congressional district from 2013 to 2023. A member of the Democratic Party, his district includes most of Fresno. Costa served in the California State Assembly from 1978 to 1994 before he was elected to the California State Senate from 1994 until 2002. During his time in the California State Assembly, he served as Majority Caucus Chair. Costa, who chaired the Blue Dog Coalition in the U.S. House of Representatives, also chaired the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture during the 117th Congress.

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Campaign Funding

20
18
$1,831,442
Total Raised
$2,338,228
Total Spent
$109,890
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Crop Production & Basic Processing$190,600
53%
Oil & Gas$102,750
48%
Agricultural Services/Products$92,600
37%
Real Estate$70,350
31%
Health Professionals$59,956
31%
Food Processing & Sales$59,100
26%
Electric Utilities$50,750
25%
Leadership PACs$48,800
25%
Dairy$47,850
25%
Securities & Investment$47,217
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education4 - 4 of 2
California State University, Fresno
Bachelor of Arts
1974
San Joaquin Memorial High School
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
Representative
United States House of Representatives, California
2023 - Current
Representative
United States House of Representatives, California
2004 - 2023
Senator
California State Senate
1994 - 2002
Assembly Member
California State Assembly
1978 - 1994
Chief Executive Officer
Costa Group
2002 - 2004
Administrative Assistant
Assembly Member Richard Lehman, California State Assembly
1976 - 1978
Special Assistant
Representative John Krebs, United States House of Representatives
1975 - 1976
Farmer
Costa Brothers Dairy
1959 - 1974
Professor
Kenneth L. Maddy Institute, Fresno State University
Other Experience1 - 38 of 38
Board Member
Fresno-Madera Agency on Aging
Board Member
Fresno Historical Society
Former President
National Conference of State Legislators
Member
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Member
Congressional Organ and Tissue Donation
Member
Steering Committee, Fresno County Farm Bureau
Member
Blue Dog Coalition
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry, United States House of Representatives
2023 - Current
Member
Committee on Foreign Affairs, United States House of Representatives
2023 - Current
Co-Chair
Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus
Co-Chair
House Victims' Rights Caucus
Co-Founder
Congressional Water Caucus
Co-Founder
Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus
Former Member
House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
Former Member
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
House Natural Resources Committee
Member
Rail Caucus
Member
Rural Cooperative Caucus
Member
Boating Caucus
Member
Congressional Soils Caucus
Member
Methamphetamine Caucus
Member
Wine Caucus
Member
Bi-Partisan Refugee Caucus
Member
Arts Caucus
Member
Armenian Caucus
Member
Beef Caucus Specialty
Member
Water Caucus
Member
Awareness Caucus
Member
Center Aisle Caucus
Member
Community College Caucus
Member
Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Member
Crop Caucus
Member
Frozen Food Caucus
Member
Human Rights Caucus