Jose Serrano

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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 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$32,500
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 set to run for re-election in New York's 15th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his congressional career Serrano served as a member of the New York State Assembly from 1975 to 1990.[1]

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

Rangel was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He earned a B.A. from Lehman College in 1961.[1]

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.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Serrano serves on the following committees:[3]

  • 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:[4]

  • 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[5]

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 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Serrano's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

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."[8][9] 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 one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[8][9]

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."[10]

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."[10]

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.[10]

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."[10]

National Defense Authorization Act

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.[11]

Department of Homeland Security 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.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Serrnao 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.[11]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Serrano voted in opposition of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

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.[13] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[14]

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.[15] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[16]. 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.

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement 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.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

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 that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[21]

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 15th congressional district elections, 2014

Serrano is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took 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 November 6, 2012, general election.[22][23]

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.[35]

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

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.[36]

Jose Serrano Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]4/15/2013$16,717.63$18,000.00$(7,815.11)$26,902.52
July Quarterly[38]7/15/2013$26,902.52$20,012.05$(21,659.66)$25,254.91
October Quarterly[39]10/12/2013$25,254.91$11,500.51$(17,745.96)$19,009.46
Running totals
$49,512.56$(47,220.73)

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.[40]

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.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]

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.[44]

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.[45]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Serrano's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $15,001 to $50,000. That averages to $32,500, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. There was no change in his average net worth from 2010. [46]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Serrano's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $15,001 to $50,000. Averaging to a net worth of $32,500.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[47]

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.[48]

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.[49]

Voting with party

June 2013

Jose E. Serrano voted with the Democratic Party 93% of the time, which ranked 126th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[50]

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SERRANO, José Enrique, (1943 - )"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SERRANO, José Enrique, (1943 - )"
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Information"
  5. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Chairman Hal Rogers "Subcommittees"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 ABCnews "Rep. Jose Serrano Praises Hugo Chavez on Twitter and in Statement," March 5, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Serrano's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 8, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Vote Smart, "Serrano on agriculture", accessed October 8, 2013
  14. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  15. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  16. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Serrano's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 8, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Serrano's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 8, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Serrano on abortion," accessed October 8, 2013
  21. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  22. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  23. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jose Serrano" March 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission "Serrano 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2014
  37. FEC, "April Quarterly", accessed October 28, 2013
  38. FEC, "July Quarterly", accessed October 28, 2013
  39. FEC, "October Quarterly", accessed October 28, 2013
  40. Open Secrets "Jose Serrano 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  41. Open Secrets "Jose E. Serrano 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 17, 2011
  42. Gov Track "Serrano" Accessed June 20, 2013
  43. OpenCongress, "Jose Serrano," Accessed August 6, 2013
  44. GovTrack, "Jose Serrano" Accessed April 2013
  45. LegiStorm, "Jose E. Serrano," Accessed October 1, 2012
  46. OpenSecrets.org "Jose E. Serrano (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Jose E. Serrano (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  48. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  49. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Charles B. Rangel
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2013–Present
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1993–2013
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