- The Washington Times - Monday, March 25, 2019

Rep. Jose Serrano on Monday announced he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and won’t seek re-election in 2020.

“After my diagnosis, I initially planned to continue my work representing the people of the South Bronx far into the future — a responsibility that brings me great joy,” said Mr. Serrano, New York Democrat. “Although this disease has not affected my work in Congress, over the last few months I’ve come to the realization that Parkinson’s will eventually take a toll, and that I cannot predict its rate of advancement.”

“Because of this uncertainty, I do not intend to seek re-election in 2020,” said Mr. Serrano, 75.

He said he does intend to serve out the remainder of his current term.

Mr. Serrano, first elected to Congress in 1990, represents New York’s 15th Congressional District, a heavily Democratic district based in the Bronx.

He currently chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the Justice and Commerce Departments, as well as federal science programs.

He said he plans to use the role “to fight for climate change research, a fairer justice system, and an accurate 2020 Census count.”

“I pledge to my constituents that I will be here fighting for you until my last day in office and beyond,” he said.

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