Jose (Jose) E. Serrano (D-USH15)
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Room 2354 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-3215

Residence: Bronx, NY
Elected: 1990    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Mary Staucet (div)   DOB: 10/24/1943
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCongressional Census Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Musicians Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Landscape Conservation System Caucus [NLCS Caucus]
FC MemberAlbanian Issues Caucus
FC MemberChildren's Environmental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Global Road Safety
FC MemberNew York Bipartisan Congressional Delegation
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Mexico Friendship Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fitness Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Entertainment Industries Caucus
FC MemberNorthern Border Caucus
FC MemberHouse Diversity and Innovation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Philanthropy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Long Island Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Full Employment Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus
FC MemberInternational Workers Rights Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic Caucus
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Urban Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberHouse Oceans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
Counties Representing
Bronx / New York City / Queens


U.S. Representative Jose E. Serrano represents the Fifteenth Congressional District of New York in the Bronx . He is the only Congressman from New York City on the exclusive House Appropriations Committee and serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government . Congressman Serrano is also Senior Whip for the Minority Whip operation. He is an active member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and served as Chair of the Caucus from 1993-94. He is now the most senior Member of Congress of Puerto Rican descent.

Early in his tenure in the House, Serrano quickly established a legislative record that reflected, his core political values of equal opportunity and fair treatment for all citizens. As a member of the Committee on Education and Labor in his first term, Serrano authored legislation, signed into law in November 1990, to provide funding for successful school drop-out prevention programs.

During the 102nd Congress (1991-1992), Serrano continued to build on this record of accomplishment by introducing more legislative initiatives along these themes. His Voting Rights Language Assistance Act of 1992, signed into law. He also introduced the Classroom Safety Act.

In 1993, Serrano joined the Appropriations Committee. Because Appropriations is an exclusive Committee, he was required to give up his seat on Education and Labor. That same year he was also elected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) during the 103rd Congress. As Chairman, Serrano's strong leadership contributed to the passage of several bills of interest to Hispanics and other minorities. In 1995, Serrano was appointed to the House Judiciary Committee, in which he served on the Subcommittee on the Constitution. The Democratic Caucus re-appointed him to the Appropriations Committee in March of 1996.

As a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, Serrano has managed to secure millions of dollars in federal funding for his Bronx Congressional District. Perhaps the most notable of all these projects have involved the environmental restoration of the Bronx River. Serrano has been a tireless advocate for the urban river since taking office, and was an early supporter of naming the river an American Heritage River. In recognition of his long record of successful advocacy on behalf of the river, the Bronx community named Congressman Serrano the Honorary Chairman of the Bronx River Golden Ball in 2003. In 2006, herring were reintroduced to the river in 2006--a species that had been gone from the river for more than 350 years. In early 2007, a beaver was found living in the Bronx River, marking the return of a species that had been not been seen in New York City in more than 200 years.

Current Issues Even as Serrano has been actively engaged in all stages of Congress's annual appropriations process, he has not lost sight of the other important issues of great concern to the residents of the Bronx.

Pushing for a Practical National Language Policy Serrano authored the English Plus Resolution, which calls on the government to encourage all Americans to learn and use multiple languages, in addition to English. He vehemently opposes "English only" proposals because he believes that implementing such a policy would be harmful to civil rights and America's broader national interests. In 1996, the English Plus Resolution came close to House passage, and Serrano has proposed it again in the current Congress.

Protecting Civil Liberties Congressman Serrano has been a leading, and often lonely, voice in the House on preserving Americans' civil liberties as federal law enforcement agencies continue to transform in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He voted against the USA PATRIOT Act, and uses his positions on his Appropriations Subcommittees to monitor the activities of the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. In countless pieces of correspondence and numerous verbal exchanges during Subcommittee hearings, Serrano has unhesitatingly challenged agency heads on what he has often perceived as a systematic effort to curtail Americans' rights.

Advocating a More Sensible Approach to Cuba Since his earliest days in Congress, Congressman Serrano has been actively involved in ending the embargo against Cuba. He has sponsored legislation and worked tirelessly to educate other Members of Congress about how the embargo harms American businesses and American farmers. While Serrano was once part of a tiny group in Congress to support a changed approach to Cuba, growing numbers of Members join Congressman Serrano in signing on to his Bridges to the Cuban People Act each year.

Promoting a Rational, Humane Immigration Policy Serrano's most recent immigration-related legislative proposal enacted into law responded to the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. The law granted posthumous citizenship to non-citizens who died as a result of the September 11th attacks and who had already initiated the process to become U.S. citizens. Serrano succeeded in having the bill incorporated into a larger bill, which signed into law (P.L. 107-77) at the end of 2001. He is a consistent supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, and has repeatedly introduced the Child Citizen Protection Act, which would allow judges to exercise discretion in deportation cases that involve parents or guardians of citizen children.

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