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José M. Serrano

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José M. Serrano
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Member of the New York State Senate
Assumed office
January 1, 2005
Preceded byOlga A. Mendez
Constituency28th district (2005–2012)
29th district (2013–present)
Member of the New York City Council from the 17th District
In office
January 1, 2002 – January 1, 2005
Preceded byPedro G. Espada
Succeeded byMaria del Carmen Arroyo
Personal details
Born (1972-06-19) June 19, 1972 (age 47)
New York City, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSouth Bronx, New York
Alma materManhattan College

José Marco Serrano (born June 19, 1972) is a member of the New York State Senate from the 29th District, representing Mott Haven, Melrose, Highbridge, Morris Heights, Spanish Harlem, Yorkville, Roosevelt Island and part of the Upper West Side. He is the son of U.S. Congressman José Serrano.

A lifelong South Bronx resident, Serrano was elected to the New York State Senate in November 2004. He defeated Republican Olga Mendez, a 26-year incumbent in the district. Since 2019, he has served as the Chair of the Majority Conference, the third highest ranking member of the Senate.

Background

Serrano was born and raised in the South Bronx, where his father, José E. Serrano, was a member of the New York State Assembly, and later a member of the United States House of Representatives, where he still serves today.[1] Serrano is a graduate of Manhattan College.[2]

Prior to becoming involved in politics, Serrano worked with the New York Shakespeare Festival.[3]

In 2001, Serrano was elected to the New York City Council, representing Melrose, Mott Haven, Longwood, and Hunt’s Point.[4] He was re-elected in 2003.[5]

New York Senate

In 2004, longtime state Senator Olga A. Méndez switched parties to become a Republican.[6] With the district overwhelmingly Democratic, Serrano was asked to run against her.[7] According to the New York Times, which endorsed him, Serrano promised "to pursue unfinished and ignored business in the capital, including legislating an end to the Rockefeller drug laws."[8] He would garner more than 80% of the vote in his victory over Olga Mendez.[9]

Since his initial election to the Senate, Serrano has never faced serious opposition for re-election.[10] In September 2007, he was named one of City Hall's "40 under 40" for being a young influential member of New York City politics.[11]

In 2019, Serrano was named Chairman of Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, a post he also held from 2009 to 2010.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ LOMBARDI, FRANK. "South Bronx and East Harlem's State Sen. Jose M. Serrano: the son also rises - NY Daily News". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  2. ^ "How RIOC Played Loose with Truth to Help Manhattan Park Beat Tenants". Roosevelt Island Daily. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  3. ^ Lynn, Frank (1990-03-21). "Serrano and Molinari Elected In Special Congressional Races". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - New York City Council 17 Race - Nov 06, 2001". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - New York City Council 17 Race - Nov 04, 2003". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  6. ^ Chan, Sewell (2009-07-29). "Olga Méndez, First Puerto Rican in New York State Senate, Is Dead at 84". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  7. ^ "Remembering Olga Mendez". Observer. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  8. ^ "Choices for State Legislature". The New York Times. 2004-10-24. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  9. ^ "Our Campaigns - NY State Senate 28 Race - Nov 02, 2004". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  10. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Jose M. Serrano". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  11. ^ Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Jose Serrano Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine, City & State, September 17, 2007.
  12. ^ "Senator Serrano Appointed Chair of Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee". NY State Senate. 2018-12-11. Retrieved 2019-02-01.

External links

Political offices
Preceded by
Pedro G. Espada
New York City Council, 17th District
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Maria del Carmen Arroyo
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Olga A. Mendez
New York State Senate, 28th District
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Liz Krueger
Preceded by
Thomas Duane
New York State Senate, 29th District
2013–present
Incumbent
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