AKA James Manuel Costa
Birthplace: Fresno, CA
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman, California 20th
Dairy and almond farmer and long-time California state legislator before being elected to the US Congress in 2004, succeeding Cal Dooley. "Blue Dog" conservative Democrat. Voted for the 2008 Wall street bailout, 2009 economic stimulus legislation, and 2010 health care reform. Abstained from voting on the 2008 auto industry bailout.
During the 2004 primary, fellow Democrat Lisa Quigley challenged Costa to take a drug test. She was referring to a 1994 incident where police investigating a burglary at Costa's home discovered a box containing marijuana under his bed. Costa denied that the pot was his, and no charges were filed.
In 1986, Costa had been arrested in Sacramento, California for solicitation of a prostitute. Reportedly, he had driven up to a police decoy and propositioned her to join in a three-way with the whore he had already picked up. Costa pled no contest to the crime. 18 years later, Quigley reminded voters of this incident through a telephone push-poll.
High School: San Joaquin Memorial High School, Fresno, CA (1970)
University: BA Political Science, Fresno State University (1974)
Professor: California State University Fresno (2003)
US Congressman, California 20th (2005-)
Costa Group CEO (2002-04)
California State Senate 16th (1995-2002)
California State Assembly (1979-94)
California State Official Staff of Rep Richard Lehman (1976-78)
Congressional Staff of Rep John Krebs (1975-76)
Costa Brothers Dairy Employee (1959-74)
Solicitation Sacramento, CA (1986), pled no contest
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity
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