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
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
Co-ChairCongressional Census Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Musicians Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberAlbanian Issues Caucus
FC MemberChildren's Environmental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Landscape Conservation System Caucus [NLCS 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 MemberNorthern Border Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fitness Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Entertainment Industries Caucus
FC MemberHouse Diversity and Innovation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Long Island Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Philanthropy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Full Employment Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus
FC MemberInternational Workers Rights Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Urban Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberHouse Oceans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! 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 Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All 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 Progressive 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. The Congressman is a senior member of the exclusive House Appropriations Committee and serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science. This prestigious post as top Democrat on the Subcommittee allows Congressman Serrano to help oversee the budgets of multiple agencies, including the Department of Justice including the FBI; the Department of Commerce; the National Science Foundation; NASA; the Legal Services Corporation, and other agencies. Congressman Serrano is also Senior Whip for the Minority Whip operation, a position through which he helps develop strategies to marshal support for party positions and legislation. He is the Dean of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and served as Chair of the Caucus from 1993-94. He is now the most senior Hispanic Democrat in Congress, as well as the longest serving Puerto Rican in Congress.

Early in his tenure in the House, Serrano quickly established a legislative record that reflected, and continues to reflect, his core political values of equal opportunity and fair treatment for all citizens. In particular, Serrano believes that government should work to ensure that the prosperity of our country is shared by the neediest and most vulnerable members of our society- the poor, the elderly, the disabled, and children- in the form of participation in government, educational opportunities, access to housing and affordable health care. 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, mandated that voter materials continue to be provided in different languages. He also introduced the Classroom Safety Act, which would have provided program models and grants to assist local educational agencies in efforts to reduce and prevent violent crime in elementary and secondary schools.

In 1993, Serrano joined the Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for shaping expenditures of discretionary federal funds. 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. During this same period, the CHC helped to defeat of a number of pieces of legislation that were widely criticized as attempts at "immigrant-bashing" and veiled bigotry. In 1995, when the House Republicans became the majority and reduced the Appropriations Committee in size, 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. He has directed funding to countless local initiatives, including environmental projects, improvements to Bronx parks, educational programs for disadvantaged students and displaced workers and funding for various local charitable organizations, whose goals range from providing access to the arts to developing small businesses.

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. Through the appropriations process, furthermore, Serrano has been able to secure millions in funding, as well as technical and managerial assistance from various federal agencies, for Bronx River environmental studies and cleanup projects since fiscal year 1999. 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.

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.

Current Issues- Pushing for a Practical National Language Policy Protecting Civil Liberties Advocating a More Sensible Approach to Cuba Promoting a Rational, Humane Immigration Policy

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