Rep. José Serrano Says He’s ‘Living With Parkinson’s,’ Won’t Seek Re-election

on November 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 12: Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) joins veterans, servicemembers and aspiring recruits to call on Congress and President Barack Obama to move forward with immigration reform at the U.S. Capitol... WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 12: Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) joins veterans, servicemembers and aspiring recruits to call on Congress and President Barack Obama to move forward with immigration reform at the U.S. Capitol November 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. The news conference participants called on Obama to 'go bold and go big' and to use his executive authority to reform immigratoin if Congress could not get the job done. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Rep. José Serrano (D-NY), who has represented the Bronx in the House of Representatives since 1990, announced Monday that he was “living with Parkinson’s disease” and would not seek re-election.

“Today, I am announcing that I am living with Parkinson’s disease,” Serrano wrote in a press release. “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. 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. I do intend to serve the remainder of my term in the 116th Congress.”

Long a voice on the left of the House Democratic caucus, Serrano joined dozens of his colleagues in 2017 in skipping President Donald Trump’s inauguration, writing on Instagram at the time that he could not “celebrate the inauguration of a man who has no regard for my constituents. #Bronx

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