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Rep. José Serrano (D)

José Serrano Contact
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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-4361

Address: 2227 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (718) 620-0084

Address: 1231 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx NY 10474-5331

José Serrano Staff
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Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Septimo, Amanda
District Director
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Jordan, Anthony
Community Affairs Advisor
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Septimo, Amanda
District Director
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Septimo, Amanda
District Director
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Septimo, Amanda
District Director
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Jordan, Anthony
Community Affairs Advisor
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Septimo, Amanda
District Director
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Jordan, Anthony
Community Affairs Advisor
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Septimo, Amanda
District Director
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Septimo, Amanda
District Director
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Septimo, Amanda
District Director
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Septimo, Amanda
District Director
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Septimo, Amanda
District Director
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Jordan, Anthony
Community Affairs Advisor
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Septimo, Amanda
District Director
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Jordan, Anthony
Community Affairs Advisor
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Jordan, Anthony
Community Affairs Advisor
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Amador, Paola
Communications Director
Davila, Kitty
Housing Specialist; Intake Director
Jordan, Anthony
Community Affairs Advisor
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Rivera, Awilda
Senior Congressional Assistant
Septimo, Amanda
District Director
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Wagner-Anderson, Clara
Executive Assistant; Scheduler
Jordan, Anthony
Community Affairs Advisor
Simmons-Oliver, Cheryl
Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Employment
Rivera, Awilda
Senior Congressional Assistant
Amador, Paola
Communications Director
Davila, Kitty
Housing Specialist; Intake Director
Septimo, Amanda
District Director
Wagner-Anderson, Clara
Executive Assistant; Scheduler
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Nigaglioni, Angel
Legislative Director
Kasomo, Lukogho
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant
Wagner-Anderson, Clara
Executive Assistant; Scheduler
Davila, Kitty
Housing Specialist; Intake Director
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José Serrano Biography
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  • Elected: Mar. 1990, 12th full term.
  • District: New York 15
  • Born: Oct. 24, 1943, Mayaguez, PR
  • Home: Bronx
  • Education:

    Lehman Col.

  • Professional Career:

    Banker, 1961–69.

  • Military Career:

    Army Medical Corps, 1964–66.

  • Political Career:

    Dist. 7 Schl. Bd., 1969–74; NY Assembly, 1974–90.

  • Ethnicity: Hispanic/Latino
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Divorced; 5 children

Democrat José Serrano, who won his seat in a 1990 special election, is known for his jesting about everything from Republicans to his thick mustache. But he gets serious in going against his party when he considers it important for his district—among the country’s poorest—or his native Puerto Rico. Read More

Democrat José Serrano, who won his seat in a 1990 special election, is known for his jesting about everything from Republicans to his thick mustache. But he gets serious in going against his party when he considers it important for his district—among the country’s poorest—or his native Puerto Rico.

A native of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, he grew up in the Mill Brook project in Mott Haven. After serving in the Army, he worked at a bank and as a school administrator. Serrano moved up while other Bronx politicians fell by the wayside because of corruption. He was elected to the New York Assembly in 1974 and chaired its Education Committee. In 1985, he ran for Bronx borough president, bucking the Democratic organization, and nearly won. Then in January 1990, U.S. Rep. Robert García of the South Bronx was convicted of accepting money from the minority contractor Wedtech. His conviction was later reversed, but his resignation paved the way for Serrano’s election to the House.

Serrano once described himself as being “to the left of the left,” and he has one of the most liberal voting records in the House. He has long championed legislation to repeal the 22nd Amendment to allow presidents to serve more than two terms in office. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, he focuses on bringing as much federal money as he can to his economically struggling district. He chaired its Financial Services Subcommittee when the Democrats controlled Congress and is now its ranking Democrat.

Among Appropriations members he is known as a jokester, always ready to enliven hearings with a quip. At a June 2010 session on the Federal Communications Commission’s budget, he said he was doing his part for technology: “This hearing is online live as we speak. And I sent out a Twitter message. I put it on two Facebook pages and an e-mail. So we should get at least 10 people to watch.” At a comedy event at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, he joked about keynote speaker Julian Castro and his twin brother Joaquin: “The Florida delegation threatened to walk out when they heard the Castro brothers were speaking at the convention.” Serrano told National Journal that humor is useful in a highly polarized House. “We take our work seriously, but we shouldn’t always take ourselves so seriously,” he said.

Serrano was the only House member from New York City who voted in 2008 against the federal bailout for banks and other financial services companies. He said he couldn’t justify giving money to the wealthy people who’d created the problem. A big local priority for Serrano has been cleaning up the Bronx River, and he delivered about $30 million for the effort. (When the river progressed to the point where it could support wildlife, a beaver appeared and was dubbed “José” in honor of Serrano’s work.) He helped secure $10 million in 2010 to rebuild the Fordham transit plaza, one of the city’s busiest. With Republicans in control of the House, he said he sees one of his chief goals as “trying to avoid as much harm as possible” in spending cuts in the federal budget.

Another of his issues is statehood for Puerto Rico, which he calls an American “colony.” A proponent of a long-stalled referendum to determine the island’s status, he got a bill through the House in 2010 calling for a two-step process. Unlike fellow Puerto Rican New York Democrat Nydia Velázquez, he saw great significance in the 2012 vote of islanders in favor of statehood, even though Congress did not authorize the process. “It will demand the attention of Congress, and a definitive answer to the Puerto Rican request for change,” he said. He also took credit for working with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Citizen Energy Corp. to strike a deal to bring cheaper oil to the South Bronx.

In early 2013, Serrano scoffed at Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s attempts to become a leader on immigration. He told the website Capital New York that Rubio, who is of Cuban descent, “has no support in the immigrant or Latino community for his stance on immigration. He’s as nasty as the rest of them.”

Although he is well-liked by colleagues, Serrano’s attempts to join the Democratic leadership have been stymied. In 1997, Democratic Minority Leader Dick Gephardt passed over him and picked the less-senior Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who was a better fundraiser, to be chief deputy whip. In 1998, Serrano ran for Democratic Caucus vice chairman as “the candidate who refuses to raise money to buy your vote for leadership.” He again lost out to Menendez, who went on to become a senator. Serrano was among the New York Democrats who briefly toyed with running against newly appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the 2010 primary because of concerns over her centrist voting record.

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José Serrano Election Results
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2012 General
José Serrano (D)
Votes: 152,661
Percent: 97.18%
Frank Della Valle
Votes: 4,427
Percent: 2.82%
2012 Primary
José Serrano (D)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (96%), 2008 (97%), 2006 (95%), 2004 (95%), 2002 (92%), 2000 (96%), 1998 (95%), 1996 (96%), 1994 (96%), 1992 (91%), 1990 (93%), 1990 special (92%)
José Serrano Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 91 (L) : - (C) 82 (L) : 17 (C) 92 (L) : - (C)
Social 87 (L) : 7 (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 94 (L) : - (C) 93 (L) : - (C) 88 (L) : - (C)
Composite 94.2 (L) : 5.8 (C) 90.5 (L) : 9.5 (C) 93.3 (L) : 6.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV10089
CFG1012
ITIC-50
NTU1516
20112012
COC19-
ACLU-100
ACU40
ADA100100
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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