Jose Serrano

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Jose Serrano currently serves the 16th Congressional district of New York

José Enrique Serrano is a New York Democrat, currently representing the state's 16th Congressional district (map), in the United States House of Representatives. Serrano's district is one of the smallest in the country geographically consisting of a few miles of the heavily urbanized and populated South Bronx in New York City. His district is also one of the most densely populated and one of the few majority Hispanic districts in the country.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Serrano voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Support for gun control

In 1991, Serrano cosponsored HR 3104, which sought "To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the importation and the manufacture of firearms designed to accept a silencer, bayonet, grenade launcher, flash suppressor, or folding stock, of certain ammunition feeding devices, and of related devices, and to provide for the imposition of enhanced penalties for the possession or the use of any such item in a crime of violence or in a drug trafficking crime." [2]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

FY2008 budget

On June 28, 2007, the House passed the Financial services appropriations bill (H.R.2829) in a vote of 240 to 179. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Serrano, aimed to improve consumer protections, investment and government contracting oversight. Financial literacy would be bolstered and financial services in under-served populations and communities would be improved. It appropriated $21.434 billion for these purposes. The department of Treasury and the Executive Office of the President were funded in this bill. The bill also brought to light numerous agencies and commissions that occasionally rose to recognition in the media from time to time, while carrying out a great amount of U.S. business, regulating commerce and investments and other activities ongoing daily in society. Although it is not evident in the bill, procedural moves effectively approved a pay raise for Members. The new salary was estimated around $169,000 yearly.

Main article: Congressional actions on the federal budget/110th Congress



Serrano was born October 24, 1943 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. At a young age, Serrano moved to The Bronx. He served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1966. His son, Jose M. Serrano is a member of the New York State Senate.

Congressional Career

Serrano was elected to the New York state Assembly in 1974 as a Democrat, where he served as chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee and, subsequently, the Education Committee.

Positions and Views

In 1990, Serrano won a special election for a vacated House of Representatives seat and has thereafter been reelected by mostly 90 percent-plus margins in what is considered one of the safest seats in Congress. Serrano is an advocate of ending the trade embargo on Cuba and for 'English Plus' which would encourage Americans to become bilingual. He has consistently supported initiatives to resolve Puerto Rico's political status problem, including the 1998 Young bill, which he coauthored, and the Dec. 22, 2005 report of the President's Task Force on Puerto Rico's Political Status, which recommends that Congress provide in 2006 an opportunity for residents in Puerto Rico to vote for or against its current status, which the report describes as an unincorporated US territory and Serrano describes as a US colony.

In 2005, Serrano introduced a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as president. It was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

A member of the Progressive Caucus, he is widely regarded as one the most liberal members of Congress. On November 18, 2005 he was one of three votes in favor of immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. The other two votes were from Cynthia McKinney of Georgia and Robert Wexler of Florida.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Ali Mohamed to face Serrano in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Serrano retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Executive Committee, Albanian Issues Caucus
  • Executive Board, Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Black Caucus
  • Congressional Children's Working Group
  • Congressional Diabetes Caucus
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Narcotics Abuse and Control Caucus
  • Congressional Older Americans Caucus
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Congressional Urban Caucus
  • Vice Chair, Democratic Steering Committee

Boards and other Affiliations

More Backround Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Jose Serrano. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2227 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-3216
Phone: 202-225-4361
Fax: 202-225-6001
Email: jserrano AT

District Office- Bronx:
788 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10455
Phone: 718-620-0084
Fax: 718-620-0658

Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 3104



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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Executive Committee, Albanian Issues Caucus; Executive Board, Congressional Arts Caucus; Congressional Black Caucus; Congressional Children's Working Group; Congressional Diabetes Caucus; Congressional Fire Services Caucus; Congressional Hispanic Caucus; Congressional Human Rights Caucus; Congressional Narcotics Abuse and Control Caucus; Congressional Older Americans Caucus; Congressional Progressive Caucus; Congressional Urban Caucus; Vice Chair, Democratic Steering Committee
Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Homeland Security
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
March 28, 1990
First Took Current Office:
March 20, 1990
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
New York State Assembly
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District Offices:
1. 788 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10455
Phone: 718-620-0084 / Fax: 718-620-0658

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Date of Birth: October 24, 1943