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Rep. José Serrano’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from New York's 15th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Serrano’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Serrano introduced 12 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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. 1934: Stop Harmful and Abusive Telecommunications …

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Democrats (5th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th least often compared to New York Delegation (tied with 4 others)

3 of Serrano’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 1934: Stop Harmful and Abusive Telecommunications …; H.R. 2420: National Museum of the American …; H.R. 4901: Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (17th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Was 8th most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years

Serrano missed 12.1% of votes (115 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Serrano’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 7th least often compared to New York Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Serrano introduced 3 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2420: National Museum of the American …; H.R. 3055: Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, …; H.R. 7667: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related …

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 8 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Serrano’s 12 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Serrano caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Wrote the 17th most laws compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 14 others)

Serrano introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 2420: National Museum of the American …; H.R. 3055: Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, …; H.R. 7667: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related …

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (84th 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.


 

Ranked 39th most politically left 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Serrano’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 58th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 474 bills that Serrano cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).

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


 

Held the 57th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

Serrano held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Serrano’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 109th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Serrano’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Serrano cosponsored 474 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 (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Serrano’s bills and resolutions had 420 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (56th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.