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José E. Serrano
Jose E. Serrano.jpeg
U.S. House, New York, District 15
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1990-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 41
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCharles B. Rangel (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$1.38 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 1990
Next primaryJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,025,588
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 16
January 3, 1991-January 3, 2013
New York State Assembly - District 73
1983-1990
New York State Assembly - District 75
1975-1983
Education
Bachelor'sLehman College
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Medical Corps
Years of service1964-1966
Personal
BirthdayOctober 24, 1943
Place of birthMayaguez, Puerto Rico
ProfessionPolitician
Net worth$1,811,507.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
José Enrique Serrano (b. October 24, 1943, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 15th Congressional District. Serrano was first elected to the House in 1990 and is currently serving his twelfth consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012. Before redistricting in 2012, Serrano had previously served the 16th District.

Serrano is a 2014 Democratic and Working Families Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 15th Congressional District of New York.[1]

Prior to his congressional career, Serrano served as a member of the New York State Assembly from 1975 to 1990.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Serrano is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Serrano was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He earned a B.A. from Lehman College in 1961.[2]

Career

Serrano served in the United States Army Medical Corps from 1964-1966, returning to civilian life to later serve as a member of the New York City Board of Education from 1969-1974, as chair of the South Bronx Community Corporation, as delegate to the 1976 Democratic National Convention, and as member of the New York State Assembly from 1975-1990.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Serrano serves on the following committees:[4]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (Ranking member)
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

2011-2012

Serrano served on the following committees:[5]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies[6]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Serrano's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[9][10] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Serrano was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[9][10]

Hugo Chavez

On March 5, 2013, Serrano tweeted and released a public statement regarding the death of Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez. He tweeted, "Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P. Mr. President."[11]

In his written statement he referred to a visit Chavez made to his district and the support that Chavez offered with respect to discounted heating oil. Serrano spoke about Chavez's "focus on the issues faced by the poor and disenfranchised in his country made him a truly revolutionary leader in the history of Latin America...His core belief was in the dignity and common humanity of all people in Venezuela and in the world."[11]

Serrano broached the topic of Chavez's controversial nature but also said the elections that named him president were deemed free and fair by international watch groups.[11]

The Republican National Committee spokeswoman Alexandra Franceschi issued a response to Serrano's statements: "It’s simply insulting that a Democrat Congressman would praise the authoritarian ruler Hugo Chavez. Chavez systematically cracked down on the basic freedom and liberties of Venezuelans, nationalized private industries, and befriended anti-American dictators like Castro, Ahmadinejad, and Assad. Americans should stand together with the freedom loving people of Venezuela as they hope for a peaceful transition to a democracy, instead of praising the former dictator."[11]

NDAA

Voted "No" Serrano voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Serrano voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Serrano voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Serrano voted in opposition of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Serrano voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[14] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[15]

King Amendment

Serrano signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[16] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[17]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Serrano voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Serrano voted for HR 2775.[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Serrano voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Serrano has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Serrano voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Serrano voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 15th Congressional District elections, 2014

Serrano is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 15th District. Serrano is seeking the Democratic and Working Families Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: New York's 15th Congressional District elections, 2012

Serrano won re-election in 2012, but due to New York's redistricting, he ran in the newly redrawn 15th District. He was unopposed in the Democratic and Working Families Party primaries and defeated Frank Della Valle (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[28][29]

U.S. House, New York District 15 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJose E. Serrano Incumbent 85.5% 152,661
     Republican Frank Della Valle 2.5% 4,427
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 12.1% 21,557
Total Votes 178,645
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Serrano is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Serrano raised a total of $2,025,588 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[41]

Jose Serrano's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 15) Won $212,068
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 16) Won $373,374
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 16) Won $410,512
2006 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 16) Won $312,397
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 16) Won $244,716
2002 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 16) Won $270,127
2000 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 16) Won $202,394
Grand Total Raised $2,025,588

Individual breakdown

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Serrano's reports.[42]

Jose Serrano (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2013$16,717.63$18,000.00$(7,815.11)$26,902.52
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$26,902.52$20,012.05$(21,659.66)$25,254.91
October Quarterly[45]October 12, 2013$25,254.91$11,500.51$(17,745.96)$19,009.46
Year-End Quarterly[46]December 31, 2013$19,009$3,800$(4,439)$17,620
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$17,620.05$71,108.00$(43,251.02)$45,477.03
Running totals
$124,420.56$(94,910.75)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Serrano's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Serrano won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Serrano's campaign committee raised a total of $212,068 and spent $209,532.[48]

Cost per vote

Serrano spent $1.38 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Serrano's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Serrano was re-elected to the U.S. House for an eleventh term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $373,374 and spent $385,796.[49]
U.S. House, New York District 16, 2010 - Jose Serrano Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $373,374
Total Spent $385,796
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Jose Serrano's campaign committee
National Assn of Realtors$12,000
Deloitte LLP$11,000
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Postal Workers Union$10,000
Honeywell International$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Public Sector Unions$71,100
Real Estate$23,500
Lawyers/Law Firms$18,400
Industrial Unions$16,000
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$15,000

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Serrano is a "far-left Democrat," as of June 20, 2013.[50]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[51]

Serrano most often votes with:

Serrano least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Serrano missed 601 of 14,954 roll call votes from Mar 1990 to Apr 2013, which is 4.0% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[52]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Serrano paid his congressional staff a total of $876,036 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[53]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Serrano's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $15,001 and $50,000. That averages to $1,811,507.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Serrano ranked as the 396th most wealthy representative in 2012.[54]

Jose Serrano Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$1,811,507.50
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Serrano ranked 28th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[55]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Serrano tied with 19 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 1st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[56]

Voting with party

June 2013

Serrano voted with the Democratic Party 93% of the time, which ranked 126th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[57]

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See also

External links

References

  1. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 17, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "SERRANO, José Enrique, (1943 - )"
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "SERRANO, José Enrique, (1943 - )"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Information"
  6. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Chairman Hal Rogers "Subcommittees"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 ABCnews "Rep. Jose Serrano Praises Hugo Chavez on Twitter and in Statement," accessed March 5, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Serrano's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 8, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Vote Smart, "Serrano on agriculture," accessed October 8, 2013
  15. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  16. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
  17. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Serrano's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 8, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Serrano's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 8, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Serrano on abortion," accessed October 8, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  29. Politico, "2012 Election Map, New York"
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jose Serrano" March 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Serrano 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2014
  43. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  44. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  45. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  46. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
  47. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  48. Open Secrets, "Jose Serrano 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 1, 2013
  49. Open Secrets, "Jose E. Serrano 2010 Election Data," accessed December 17, 2011
  50. GovTrack, "Serrano" accessed June 20, 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "Jose Serrano," accessed August 6, 2013
  52. GovTrack, "Jose Serrano" accessed April 2013
  53. LegiStorm, "Jose E. Serrano," accessed October 1, 2012
  54. OpenSecrets.org,"Jose Serrano (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  55. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  56. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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