Representative Adriano Espaillat Statement on the Retirement of Representative José E. Serrano

March 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on the retirement of Representative José E. Serrano (NY-15).


“I am still processing the news of Representative Serrano’s retirement,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat. “The Bronx and the Latino community as a whole are indebted to Rep. Serrano for the change he delivered and countless lives he worked to improve through state and federal legislative efforts over the course of 45 years in public service and during his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives.


“I worked closely with Jose and his son, New York State Senator José M. Serrano, during my time in the state legislature and have long admired their involvement throughout New York City and each of the five boroughs. Rep. Serrano welcomed me to Washington with grace and has consistently been a mentor, friend, and an ally through our collective fight to ensure immigrant rights, fairness, and equal access to opportunities for all residents and families.


“On behalf of New Yorkers, I extend to Rep. Serrano and his entire family well wishes upon his retirement and stand ready to lend my support and friendship during this transition in his career in public service. ”


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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Small Business Committee.  He serves as a Senior Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he also serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing. Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx.  To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at


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