CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA, CA 16TH District
Jim Costa was sworn in as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing California’s 16th Congressional District in January 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. 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.
ANNETTE TADDEO – CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOV., FL
Since she was a child, Annette Taddeo has been an advocate for others. She would organize toy drives for needy children and volunteer at local orphanages in Colombia, where she was born. Annette moved to the U.S. when she was 17 and attended college in Alabama; in 1995 she founded LanguageSpeak, a language service company that offers translations in over 240 languages. LanguageSpeak has been named one of the top 100 small businesses in Florida and one of the top 500 small businesses in the United States. Annette has served as Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. In 2008, she was the Democratic nominee for Congress in South Florida’s 18th District. She is also the proud mom of an 8-year-old daughter, Sofia. Now Annette wants to serve Florida as its next Lieutenant Governor – and the state’s first-ever Latina Lieutenant Governor – to help build a brighter future for her daughter and all Florida’s families.