Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

After 45 Years of Public Service, Congressman Serrano Not Seeking Reelection in 2020

Mar 25, 2019
Press Release
Serrano Has Been Diagnosed With Parkinson ’s Disease, Which Led To This Decision

The Bronx, NY – March 25, 2019 – Today, Rep. José E. Serrano announced that he will not seek re-election in 2020 and released the following statement on his decision:

“Today, I am announcing that I am living with Parkinson’s disease. After my diagnosis, I initially planned to continue my work representing the people of the South Bronx far into the future- a responsibility that brings me great joy. Although this disease has not affected my work in Congress, over the last few months I’ve come to the realization that Parkinson’s will eventually take a toll, and that I cannot predict its rate of advancement.  Because of this uncertainty, I do not intend to seek re-election in 2020. I do intend to serve the remainder of my term in the 116th Congress.

“I plan to spend the rest of the 116th Congress fighting for the progressive values that I learned in the South Bronx.  I will use my role as Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee to fight for climate change research, a fairer justice system, and an accurate 2020 Census count.  There is still a lot of work to be done to stop the harmful policies of the Trump Administration, and I am proud to help lead in that effort as an Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman.

“As I start to take stock of my career, I am extremely proud of the work we did to revitalize the Bronx River, to bring billions of federal dollars to our borough, to expand access to the ballot for language minorities, to increase STEM resources for minority students, to end the bombing of  Vieques, to make our immigration policies fairer and our foreign policies better, to provide legal services for the poor, and to push for a fair and accurate Census. 

“I always tried to speak for those who are marginalized in our society - to give them a voice and a vote here in Washington.  Together, we fought to empower our community by seeking social justice and speaking truth to power.

 “I pledge to my constituents that I will be here fighting for you until my last day in office and beyond. I am grateful to all my colleagues for their dedication to our community, and for the years we spent working together on so many important issues. To my constituents - it has been the honor of my life to serve you.  To have gone from Mayaguez, to Mill Brook Houses, to the New York State Assembly, to the halls of Congress is truly the American Dream.  I am honored to have had your trust over the years.”


Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990.