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Rep. José Serrano

Representative for New York’s 15th District

pronounced hoh-ZAY // suh-RAH-noh

Serrano is the representative for New York’s 15th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Serrano is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 16th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2012; and the representative for New York’s 18th congressional district as a Democrat from 1989 to 1992.

Voting Information

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Rep. José Serrano is currently voting by proxy under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Jun 29, 2020, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8] will be casting Serrano’s vote. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.
Photo of Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Serrano.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Serrano is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Serrano has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 20, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

José Serrano sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Serrano was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Serrano sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (22%) International Affairs (19%) Agriculture and Food (15%) Immigration (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Emergency Management (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Serrano’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Serrano voted Nay

Passed 410/1 on May 10, 2016.

Serrano voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Serrano voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Serrano voted No

Serrano voted Nay

Serrano voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Serrano voted No

Passed 227/189 on Nov 15, 2007.

Missed Votes

From Mar 1990 to Oct 2020, Serrano missed 756 of 19,510 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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