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Rep. José Serrano’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from New York's 15th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Serrano’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Serrano’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Serrano tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Serrano’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Serrano introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 1350: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 6282: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 401 bills that Serrano cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (3rd percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th least often compared to New York Delegation (tied with 6 others)

3 of Serrano’s bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 735: Cuba Reconciliation Act; H.R. 738: Baseball Diplomacy Act; H.R. 6097: Immigration Courts Bail Reform Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Ranked 18th most liberal compared to All Representatives

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Serrano’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Serrano missed 1.1% of votes (14 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Serrano’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Cosponsored the 76th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Serrano cosponsored 401 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Serrano held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Serrano’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Serrano supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Serrano 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Serrano cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Serrano introduced 17 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Serrano’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Serrano’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 1350: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 2024: Smartphone Theft Prevention Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (37th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Serrano introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1350: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 6282: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Serrano’s bills and resolutions had 201 cosponsors in the 114th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (37th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.