Jose Serrano

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U.S. Representative

Jose Serrano (D)

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NY-15
Positions
Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Appropriations
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: N/a

Incumbent running: Yes, for a different seat

2012 candidates for NY-15

Confirmed: Jose Serrano, Frank Valle
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for NY-15)
On the Web
Official website


José Enrique Serrano is a New York Democrat, currently representing the state's 16th Congressional district, 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.

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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

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

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

Bio

Background

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

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
American Postal Workers Union$ 10,000
Deloitte LLP$ 10,000
National Assn of Realtors$ 10,000
Operating Engineers Union$ 10,000
Laborers Union$ 7,500
National Assn of Letter Carriers$ 7,500
National Beer Wholesalers Assn$ 7,500
National Rural Letter Carriers Assn$ 7,500
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$ 7,000
American Assn for Justice$ 6,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Jose Serrano
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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.

Contact

DC office
  • 2227 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-4361 Fax: 202-225-6001
    Webform email
District offices
  • 788 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10455
    Ph: 718-620-0084 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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References

  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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