Charles B. Rangel

U.S. Congressperson

1930 –

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Who is Charles B. Rangel?

Charles Bernard "Charlie" Rangel is the U.S. Representative for New York's 13th congressional district. A member of the Democratic Party, he is the third-longest currently serving member of the House of Representatives, serving consistently since 1971. As its most senior member, he is also the Dean of New York's congressional delegation. Rangel was the first African-American Chair of the influential House Ways and Means Committee. He is also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Rangel was born in Harlem in New York City. He earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he led a group of soldiers out of a deadly Chinese Army encirclement during the Battle of Kunu-ri in 1950. Rangel graduated from New York University in 1957, and St. John's University School of Law in 1960. He then worked as a private lawyer, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and legal counsel during the early-mid-1960s. He served two terms in the New York State Assembly, from 1967 to 1971, and then defeated long-time incumbent Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in a primary challenge on his way to being elected to the House of Representatives.

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Born
Jun 11, 1930
Harlem
Also known as
  • Charles Rangel
  • Charles Bernard Rangel
  • Charles George Lang
  • Charlie Rangel
  • Con. Charles Rangel
  • Rep. Charles Rangel
  • Rep. Charlie Rangel
  • Charles Bernard "Charlie" Rangel
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Catholicism
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Science, New York University
  • Bachelor of Laws, St. John's University School of Law
  • St. John's University
  • DeWitt Clinton High School
Lived in
  • Manhattan
  • New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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