Jim (Jim) Costa (D-16)

US Representative Jim Costa

Jim (Jim) Costa (D-16)
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Capitol: 202.225.3341
FAX: 202.225.9308
District: 559.495.1620
Room 2081 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0516
415A West 18th Street
Merced, CA 95341
Residence:Fresno, CA

Committee Assignments

Co-ChairCongressional Natural Gas Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Soils Caucus
Co-ChairCrime Survivors and Justice Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Modern Agriculture
Co-ChairCongressional Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Caucus
Co-ChairHouse Specialty Crops Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Rodeo Caucus
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
Co-ChairCongressional Fertilizer Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Victims' Rights Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on California High-Speed Rail
Co-ChairCongressional Chicken Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Agriculture
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Grid Innovation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Propane Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands
MemberHouse Committee on Natural Resources
FC MemberUnexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Demining Caucus
FC MemberCongressional NASA Caucus
FC MemberAmerican Sikh Congressional Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
Co-ChairMidwest High Speed Rail Congressional Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberBlue Dog Coalition
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment, and Cyber
FC MemberCongressional Chemistry Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cut Flower Caucus
FC MemberAhmadiyya Muslim Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCalifornia Democratic Congressional Delegation
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberProblem Solvers Caucus (No Labels)
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs
FC MemberNew Democrat Coalition (NDC)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus


Jim Costa represents California's 16th Congressional District. He has served the San Joaquin Valley in the U.S. House of Representatives since January of 2005. Raised on a dairy farm in Fresno's Kearney Park area, Congressman Costa is a third-generation family farmer. As a Member of Congress, Costa has applied his farming background to fighting for Valley water, agriculture, and the economy. A lifelong resident of the Valley, Costa's committee assignments allow him to effectively advocate for the district. Costa uses his position on the Natural Resources Committee to fight for the Valley's fair share of water. This includes securing funding for dams, working to overturn unfair federal water regulations, and increasing Valley water allocations. On the Agriculture Committee, Costa has worked to increase federal support for Valley agriculture through the Farm Bill and other programs. When a milk price crisis devastated the region's dairy industry, Costa introduced legislation to protect Valley dairy families and local jobs. In addition to his committee assignments, Costa is a member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition and has worked with his colleagues to support more responsible budgeting practices. Costa's work to improve the Valley stretches across the district. During his first term in office, Costa put together a broad-based bipartisan coalition aimed at developing a Regional Water Plan for Central California. He also led the negotiations between the City of Fresno and the State of California that secured the final funding necessary to complete the new Amtrak station in Fresno. During the 109th Congress, Costa played a leading role in the bipartisan effort to secure Highway 99 funding in the infrastructure bonds approved by California voters in 2006. Costa was also a principal in the successful effort to secure Congressional approval of plans to keep Fresno's 144th Air National Guard Fighter Wing viable well into the future. As the primary author of state legislation to create the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Costa continues to work with local and state officials to clean up the Valley's air. Costa's efforts to strengthen Valley agriculture and the economy have been recognized by organizations like The American Farm Bureau Federation who named him a recipient of its "Friend of the Farm Bureau" award. Costa has also received the "Spirit of Enterprise" award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Costa's work to crack down on violent crime and advocate for victims' rights was recognized by the National Organization for Victim Assistance, which named him recipient of the Donald E. Santarelli Public Policy Award for demonstrating outstanding public policy leadership. A product of Fresno County schools, Costa is a graduate of San Joaquin Memorial High School and has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from California State University, Fresno. Before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Costa served for 24 years in the California State Legislature.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2004    Next Election: 2022
DOB: 4/13/1952
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