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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 2018.

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.

Photo of Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 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 liberal–conservative 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. 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 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 (24%) International Affairs (15%) Housing and Community Development (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Agriculture and Food (12%) Immigration (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Serrano’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 2842: Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act
Jun 23, 2017. Passed 377/34.
H.R. 2842 connects low-income Americans looking for work with employers looking to fill job openings, including through apprenticeships and other forms of on-the-job training. Specifically, the legislation provides funding for states to subsidize employment for a limited time for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) ...
Aye H.R. 1761: Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017
May 25, 2017. Passed 368/51.
More than half of teens have sent sexually explicit images or “sexted” before age 18–54 percent to be exact, according to researchers at Drexel University. But they should be treated as sex offenders? Many worry that a bill which recently passed the House could do ...
Aye H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Nay H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
No H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.R. 1765 (113th): Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013
Apr 26, 2013. Passed 361/41.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay S. 3325 (110th): Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008
Sep 28, 2008. Passed 381/41.

Missed Votes

From Mar 1990 to Sep 2018, Serrano missed 639 of 18,490 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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