Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano’s Statement on Census Director John H. Thompson’s Retirement

May 9, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Serrano, Ranking Member of the House Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Commerce Census Bureau, today released the following statement in response to Census Director John H. Thompson’s resignation from his position and retirement:

“Census Director John H. Thompson’s retirement is a loss to the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau. I am thankful for his more than 30 years of public service. This loss comes at a critical time for the Census Bureau as we ramp up to the 2020 Census and we need to ensure that Director Thompson’s replacement is as experienced and committed to fulfilling the Bureau’s mission as Director Thompson was. The 2020 Census will have immense policy implications and we need robust funding for the Census Bureau in order to have to a successful and accurate operation in 2020.  Without strong leadership at the Bureau, this vital mission will be imperiled. As Ranking Member of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee I look forward to discussing this urgent issue with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross when he comes to testify before the committee.”