Press Release ● Miscellaneous
For Immediate Release: 
March 25, 2019
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after Rep. José E. Serrano (NY-15) announced he will not run for reelection in 2020: 

“I have served with José Serrano for nearly three decades in the House and on the Appropriations Committee.  He is a dear friend and a trusted colleague.  I was saddened to learn that he will be retiring from the House at the end of this term, and his departure will be a real loss to our Caucus and to our country. 
 
“In serving the people of New York in Congress, José drew on his roots as a powerful advocate for Puerto Ricans, immigrants, and the most vulnerable living in American’s urban communities.  He has been a champion for Puerto Ricans living on the island and in the fifty states, and he has been a vigorous supporter of self-determination for Puerto Rico.  As an Army veteran, he has fought for a better V.A. system and greater respect for those who served our country.  His fifteen terms in the House of Representatives cap a distinguished career in politics that began when he stepped up to serve his Bronx community in the New York State Assembly in 1975, where he worked hard to expand educational opportunities and protect consumers. 
 
“I join in thanking José for his service and in wishing him well as he faces Parkinson’s with the same strength he has displayed throughout his life.  He will be greatly missed by all his colleagues and by the people of his state and his nation whom he served so ably over the course of his long and productive career.  Thankfully, we will still have him working beside us for the remainder of the 116th Congress.”