Jose Serrano is retiring at the end of this Congress. He announced that he was facing health complications earlier in his term. Serrano pushed for the establishment of a Smithsonian Museum dedicated to Latino culture and is known on the Hill for issues related to commerce and the U.S. Census. Serrano had one bill signed into law which funded the government and governmental assistance programs.


In response to this project, Rep. Jose Serrano issued a statement. The following statements and assertions are those of a political candidate and/or congressional office. Any statistics, data, or other information contained therein has not been independently verified or checked for accuracy as part of this project:


“As Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations subcommittee, I am proud to have drafted and shaped some of the largest and most significant bills in Congress that keep key parts of our government operating.  The annual CJS appropriations bills provide approximately $72 billion in funding for key programs important to New Yorkers.  These bills have been instrumental in protecting critical funding from President Trump’s and Republicans’ efforts to gut our government. Towards that end, I successfully ensured climate change research could continue at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, invested in economic development and manufacturing programs at the Department of Commerce, supported efforts to implement criminal justice reform through the First Step Act, and provided record levels of funding for civil legal aid. Lastly, I proudly sponsored a bill to establish a Museum of the American Latino within the Smithsonian, and which passed the House for the first time ever after 20 years worth of effort by advocacy groups and Members of Congress.”



Signed into law?

Leg Win


Included in:


Yes, 12/20/19

Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill, Fiscal Year 2020

$73.1 billion in funding for operations at the Departments of Justice and Commerce, NASA, National Science Foundation, Legal Services Corp., the Census Bureau and more.

H.R. 1158



Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill, Fiscal Year 2021

$71.4 billion in funding for operations at the Departments of Justice and Commerce, NASA, National Science Foundation, Legal Services Corp., the Census Bureau and more.

H.R. 7617



Emergency Funding for CJS agencies and programs to help address research needs and economic impact of the coronavirus

Title II of Division B of the bill included $3.1 billion in funding for CJS agencies like the Departments of Commerce and Justice, National Science Foundation, Legal Services Corporation and more.  This included $850 million in funding for local law enforcement agencies to address the pandemic, $75 million for research grants at the National Science Foundation, and $1.5 billion in economic development funding at the Economic Development Administration to address the economic toll caused by the coronavirus among other priorities

H.R. 748 (CARES Act)



National Museum of the American Latino

Authorizes the establishment of a Museum of the American Latino as part of the Smithsonian

H.R. 2420

What the rankings mean:

Number of bills sponsored:

This metric measures the number of unique bills put forward by a Representative or a Senator. A Resolution usually expresses an opinion or addresses procedure in the House or Senate and doesn’t go to the President. An Amendment is a change to the language of legislation. Everything has to be voted on.

Number of bills passed out of one chamber:

Getting a bill passed through a chamber is tough. In order to pass a bill out of a chamber, a member of Congress must build consensus among his or her colleagues.

Number of bills signed into law:

If a bill from an opposite party is signed into law by a President, the achievement is a significant victory for that Member of Congress if the bill is significant. Many non-controversial bills are signed into law as a matter of routine.

Percentage a member votes with his or her party:

Source: ProPublica. Procedural votes count toward this score and it isn’t entirely indicative of a member’s loyalty, or disloyalty, to the party.

Lugar Center Bipartisan Index Score:

The Bipartisan Index is a joint project of The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Scores above 1.0 are outstanding. Scores above .5 are very good. Scores below -.5 are poor. Scores below -1.0 are very poor.