Charles Rangel

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Charles B. Rangel
Charles B. Rangel.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 13
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 44
PredecessorMichael Grimm (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$8.89 in 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1970
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$17,123,949
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 15
U.S. House, New York, District 16
U.S. House, New York, District 19
U.S. House, New York, District 18
Bachelor'sNew York University
J.D.St. John’s University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1948-1952
Date of birthJune 11, 1930
Place of birthNew York, New York
Net worth(2012) $1,811,507.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website


Charles Rangel (b. June 11, 1930, in New York, NY) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 13th Congressional District. Rangel was first elected to the House in 1970 and is currently serving his 23rd consecutive term, having won re-election in 2014 as a Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for the U.S. House to represent the 13th Congressional District of New York.[1]

Rangel won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014.[2] He then defeated Daniel Vila Rivera (G) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]

Before 2012 redistricting, Rangel served the 15th District. He also previously served in the 18th, 19th and 16th Districts.[4]

On the day of his re-election in 2014, Rangel affirmed that he would be retiring in 2016, making the 114th Congress his last term as a U.S. representative. He stated, "Today was a historic day and a very emotional day. As I cast my final vote as a candidate on the ballot, I was reminded of why I first ran for Congress 43 years ago."[5]

Prior to his congressional career, Rangel served as secretary of the New York State Penal Law and Code Revision Commission.[6]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Rangel is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.


Rangel was born in New York, New York. He earned a B.A. from New York University in 1957 and a J.D. from St. John's University in 1960.[6]


Rangel was in the United States Army from 1948-1952. He served in the Korean War and then attended New York University. After obtaining his degrees, Rangel worked as a lawyer in private practice. He served as assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York in 1963, counsel to speaker of the New York State Assembly in 1965, counsel to the President’s Commission to Revise the Draft Laws in 1966 and secretary of the New York State Penal Law and Code Revision Commission.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Rangel served on the following committees:[7]

Joint Committee on Taxation


Rangel served on the following committees:[8]

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[10] For more information pertaining to Rangel's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[12][13] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Rangel was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[12][13]


Nay3.png Rangel voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[14]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Rangel voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[14]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Rangel voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[14]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Rangel voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]


IRS targeting

On May 10, 2013, news broke that various branches of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had specifically targeted conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status. This began during the tea party surge in 2010. The agency was separating tax-exempt applications by searching for political terms such as "tea party" and "patriot." In June 2011, an IRS official was briefed on these transgressions and asked that this practice end. The flagging continued, however, when the criteria was changed in January 2012 to look out for groups educating on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.[16]

The targeting included allegations that tea party groups were forced to provide information not asked of other tax exempt groups. Examples of this included requests for donor information, Facebook posts, resumes and political intentions of group officials and connections to other groups.[17][18]

On May 16, IRS Commissioner Steven Miller announced his resignation. He still testified at the hearings the next day.[19]

As a result of this scandal, Republicans and many Democratic members of Congress, including Rangel, publicly called for a deeper investigation into these matters. The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on May 17 during which it was disclosed that the Obama administration was made aware of the targeting on June 4, 2012.[20]

On May 20, Senators Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch sent a written inquiry regarding the process for how the agency reviewed applications for tax exempt status. The letter also requested any correspondence between White House officials and the IRS mentioning 501(c) organizations.[21]

During the May 22 House committee hearing on the issue, Lois Lerner, head of the IRS tax-exempt organizations office, declined to answer questions citing her Fifth Amendment right.[22] The next day, May 23, Lerner was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after Senators John McCain and Carl Levin called on IRS officials to place her on suspension.[23] Lerner retired on September 23, 2013.[24]

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Rangel voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[25] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[26]

King Amendment

Rangel signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[27] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[28]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[29] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[30] Rangel voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[31]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[32] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Rangel voted for HR 2775.[33]


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Rangel voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[34] The vote largely followed party lines.[35]


Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Rangel has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[36]

Social issues


Nay3.png Rangel voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[37]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Rangel voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[38]


On The Issues Vote Match

Charles Rangel's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Rangel is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Rangel received a score of 74 percent on social issues and 7 percent on economic issues.[39]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[40]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Neutral Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[39]

Political positions

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Rangel on September 2, 2013, called the situation for the United States on Syria “embarrassing,” saying the America should not put its troops in harm’s way because of a “red line” drawn by the president.[41]

MSNBC host Mara Schiavocampo asked Rangel, “In terms of that red line, the president was clear about that a year ago. Are you concerned if there is not action once that line has been crossed, that it will send a message to the world about United States’ influence and their strength in the face of countries openly defying them?”[41]

“I love Obama and you’ll never find a truer Democrat than me,” Rangel responded, “but this whole idea of any president of the United States drawing lines saying that if any country does something that he considers wrong, that the nation is going to war, it’s unheard of, drawing a red line. So, of course, it’s embarrassing. I wish it didn’t happen. I guess Secretary [John] Kerry is even more embarrassed than me after making his emotional speech that this was urgent.”[41]

Rangel said he was glad the president realized the situation was not urgent, and he hoped the time for discussion that the president was urging would have positive results.[41]

“During those discussions, I hope that other people in the international community would come forward and take this great decision off of the Congress, because we have to make it. Take it off of the Congress and provide some solution where we are not putting our kids in harm’s way to solve an international problem that we feel bounded, not by law, but because the president has drawn a red line,” Rangel said.[41]


Comments about the tea party

On August 2, 2013, Rangel compared tea party members to segregationists: "It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked."[42]

Arrest during immigration protest

See also: Gang of Eight

On October 8, 2013, eight Democratic members of Congress were arrested while attending a protest calling for comprehensive immigration reform in front of the U.S. Capitol.[43]

The eight included Rangel, John Lewis, Luis Gutierrez, Keith Ellison, Raul Grijalva, Joe Crowley, Jan Schakowsky and Al Green.[43] The politicians, along with activists who attended an immigration rally on the National Mall, staged a sit-in near the west side of the Capitol.[43] Police arrested the lawmakers, and almost 200 other protesters, for crowding and disrupting the streets around the Capitol.[43]

"My colleagues and I are not afraid to get arrested for what we believe is important to move America forward," Rangel tweeted.[43]

Ethics violations

In December 2010, Rangel received the first congressional censure by the House Ethics Committee in 27 years by a vote of 333-79. He was officially reprimanded for ethics violations that included $500,000 of undisclosed assets and 17 years of unpaid property taxes in the Dominican Republic.[44] On April 22, 2013, Rangel filed a lawsuit in federal court asking for the censure to be overturned. The lawsuit questioned whether or not proper procedure was used in Rangel's censure investigation.[45]

Campaign themes


Rangel listed several of his campaign themes on his website:[46]

  • Taxes-I believe that if we are to strengthen our economy, we must create new, good-paying jobs. By extending enhanced expense limits for small businesses and keeping more generous depreciation rules in effect, the recovery legislation will help businesses invest in themselves, allowing them to grow and create new jobs. We also provide businesses with incentives to hire recently discharged, unemployed veterans and disconnected youth so we can reincorporate them into our communities and grow together.
  • Working Families-Our first priority in confronting the economic crisis was making sure that we did not leave millions of unemployed workers without adequate income to pay rent or buy groceries. I was proud to stand with my Democratic Colleagues in passing the HIRE Act to provide a payroll tax credit for companies that hire employees who have been looking for work for 60 days or more.
  • Affordable Housing-Affordable housing is a prioritized issue in New York's 13th Congressional District, which is mostly comprised of high-rise residential buildings. Throughout our community, tenants face an uphill battle with higher rents, fewer services, and negligence or harassment by landlords. Perhaps more importantly, the lack of affordable housing in the area presents a severe threat to our local economy. As such, I have fought to ensure that tenants and prospective New York City residents are provided with proper support needed to finance affordable housing, while strengthening the quality and accessibility of our housing market.
  • Social Security and Medicare-I stand firmly with President Barack Obama in opposing any efforts to privatize these programs. I reject the idea that the future of hard-working Americans should be subject to the volatility of financial markets as some Republicans have advocated. We should not cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans at the expense of gutting the lifeline that helps millions of Americans to survive. I promise to continue opposing any budget proposals that undermine Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
  • Education-I strongly believe that we must give every possible amount of support to our students, teachers and educators so that future generations of Americans will have the ability to succeed in a global economy and face the challenges of tomorrow.
  • Immigration-Our immigration policy should be driven by what is in the best interest of this great country and the American worker. Orderly and controlled borders, combined with an effective immigration system designed to meet our needs are important pillars of a healthy and robust economy. We need to act swiftly on immigration legislation that will improve our American workforce.
  • Civil Rights-As a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, ensuring equal opportunity and tolerance in our society is very important to me. I believe we should respect everybody regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, and sexual orientation.
  • HIV/AIDS-I will continue to fight for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS and will work tirelessly until the day we have a cure.
  • Foreign Policy-I believe that as a nation we must maintain a foreign policy that ensures international security, promotes human rights and advances democratic principles worldwide. As part of the global community, we must come together to tackle major challenges that affect all of us, such as: poverty, education, public health, pollution, environment, natural disasters and the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
  • Veterans-As a veteran of the Korean War, I understand the plight of our soldiers and am committed to ensuring that our veterans are provided the care and opportunity that they so desperately deserve and earned. I consider the G.I. bill following my service in the Korean War to be a turning point in my life. It was the G.I. Bill which transformed me from a high school dropout into a law school graduate. As such, I am committed to giving the brave servicemen and women of today the same opportunity I had to make a change. I firmly believe adequate health and medical care for our veterans are not privileges but sacred rights we must honor.
  • Environment-Protecting the environment is more than merely preserving nature. It is a commitment we must make to promote the health and welfare of all people. In our Manhattan Congressional District and across America, especially in urban communities like our own, the effects of poor air and water quality are of great concern and importance.


—Charles Rangel,



See also: New York's 13th Congressional District election, 2016

Rangel announced that he would be retiring at the end of the 114th Congress and would not be seeking re-election to the U.S. House in 2016. He confirmed his retirement on November 4, 2014, the day of his re-election to the House. He stated, "Today was a historic day and a very emotional day. As I cast my final vote as a candidate on the ballot, I was reminded of why I first ran for Congress 43 years ago."[5]

Rangel's retirement will mark the first time in 70 years for the 13th District to have an open seat.[48]


See also: New York's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

Rangel won in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 13th District. Rangel won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014. He was later added to the Working Families Party line on the ballot as well. He defeated Daniel Vila Rivera (G) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]

U.S. House, New York District 13 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Rangel Incumbent 74.5% 68,396
     Green Daniel Vila Rivera 10.7% 9,806
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 14.8% 13,632
Total Votes 91,834
Source: New York State Board of Elections
U.S. House, New York District 13 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Rangel Incumbent 47.8% 23,799
Adriano Espaillat 43.1% 21,477
Michael A. Walrond Jr. 7.9% 3,954
Yolanda Garcia 1.2% 597
Total Votes 49,827
Source: New York State Board of Elections - Official Election Results

Comments about Espaillat's nationality

In a debate on June 6, 2014, Rangel accused Adriano Espaillat, his challenger in the Democratic primary, of not working hard enough to raise the minimum wage. He went on to say, "I hope somewhere during this debate... [Espaillat] tries to share what the heck has he done besides saying he's a Dominican?"[49] The district has a large latino population, and reporters speculated that this "racially-charged" remark had the potential to hurt Rangel in his bid for re-election. The comment offended Espaillat, who stated, "it saddens me that the congressman has to stoop and lower himself to these types of unfounded attacks."[49]


Rangel's endorsements included the following:


See also: New York's 13th Congressional District elections, 2012

Rangel ran for re-election in 2012. Because of redistricting, Rangel's territory switched from the 15th to the 13th District. The 2012 Democratic primary election presented Rangel's toughest challenge since he defeated the previous incumbent 42 years ago.[60] Rangel was re-elected in November.[61]

U.S. House, New York District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Rangel Incumbent 75% 174,789
     Republican Craig Schley 5.2% 12,132
     Independent Deborah Liatos 2.4% 5,533
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 17.5% 40,718
Total Votes 233,172
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"
U.S. House, New York District 13 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles B. Rangel Incumbent 43.9% 16,916
Adriano Espaillat 41.3% 15,884
Clyde Williams 10.3% 3,974
Joyce Johnson 3.1% 1,187
Craig Schley 1.4% 545
Total Votes 38,506

State Senator Adriano Espaillat, former Bill Clinton staffer Clyde Williams, former executive Joyce Johnson and former Rangel intern Craig Schley all challenged Rangel in the June 26 Democratic primary.[62][63]

Analysts expected race to come into play, as demographic changes and redistricting meant that the traditionally black district changed to a Hispanic majority.[64] Rangel's foremost challenge came from Espaillat, who was born in the Dominican Republic.[64] While considered a "black politician," Rangel also has Puerto Rican heritage.[60][64]

Two other main issues were Rangel's ethics violations and his extensive term in office. Rangel received censure from the U.S. House in 2010 for failing to report some income.[64] Rangel's challengers also pointed out that the 82-year-old congressman had been in office for over half of his life.[63][64] The incumbent also suffered health problems in the year leading up to the election that kept him out of Washington for significant chunks of time, raising questions about his ability to represent the district.[64] Rangel, however, dismissed these objections: "If I can support the initiatives that we started, how can I possibly sit on the sidelines?"[60]

Ballot contest

While Rangel declared victory on election night with a 6.6 percent lead, his lead shrunk over the next few days as results continued to trickle in. Adriano Espaillat took back his concession and prepared to challenge the final count in court. After that final count was completed on July 7, Espaillat conceded the election for good on July 9, although he and others continued to question the Board of Elections' actions.[65][66]

As of June 28, 2012, 94 percent of precincts had reported, and Rangel's lead in the Democratic primary had shrunk from 6.6 percentage points on election night to 3 percentage points. Challenger Adriano Espaillat was just over 1,000 votes behind Rangel.[67]

As of July 2, Rangel's lead had shrunk to 802 votes.[68] By July 3, Espaillat had filed court documents calling for a recount and possibly a new election.[69] The city Board of Elections had yet to finish counting all of the paper votes.[70]

On Friday, July 6, ballot counts showed Rangel with about a 1,000-vote lead.[71] Espaillat was scheduled to make a case in court on July 11, saying that some ballots for him were incorrectly thrown out, or request a new election altogether.[72][71] Espaillat also faced pressure to choose between pursuing the 13th District race or filing for re-election to his New York State Senate seat on July 12, since New York state law forbids politicians from running for two offices simultaneously.[71]

On July 7, the city Board of Elections finished counting all of the ballots, and Rangel beat Espaillat by 990 votes.[73] The results were not yet official, as a judge delayed certification until Espaillat could make his legal case on July 11. Espaillat planned to argue that some voters were unfairly disenfranchised.[73][72] In a press statement, Espaillat said: "A ballooned number of affidavit ballots and hundreds of calls of people that said they were turned away because they said they couldn’t find them in the books? ... No notification for a voter that there was an election. All these things amounted to a big red flag."[66]

On July 9, Espaillat conceded the race.[65] He opted not to make his case in court, saying "[W]e came up short — 2 percent... It’s virtually impossible for the results to be different."[65] He and other still had doubts about the Board of Elections' handling of the primary, but he decided to leave further presses to advocacy groups.[66][65]


June 14, 2012

On June 14, 2012, all five Democratic candidates met for a debate. Rangel questioned a petition drive for Espaillat that the state senator said he was not involved with. Espaillat parried by bringing up Rangel's own ethics issues. Williams urged the candidates to avoid personal attacks and focus on the issues. Schley commented that Rangel was "antiquated" and was past his political prime.[63]

Super PAC involvement

The Super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability targeted Rangel for defeat in the primary.[60]

Full history

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Rangel attends.

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Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Rangel is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Rangel raised a total of $17,123,949 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[95]

Charles Rangel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 13) Won $1,461,285
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 15) Won $2,937,509
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 15) Won $5,093,239
2006 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 15) Won $1,995,574
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 15) Won $1,996,022
2002 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 15) Won $1,662,322
2000 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 15) Won $1,977,998
Grand Total Raised $17,123,949

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rangel’s reports.[96]

Charles Rangel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[97]April 15, 2013$5,033.42$34,873.32$(44,693.04)$-4,786.30
July Quarterly[98]July 15, 2013$-4,786.30$195,924.92$(30,686.67)$160,451.95
October Quarterly[99]October 15, 2013$160,451.95$59,784.92$(99,014.97)$121,221.90
Year-End Quarterly[100]December 31, 2013$121,221$142,925$(48,278)$211,461
April Quarterly[101]April 15, 2014$211,461.34$272,250.67$(258,883.87)$224,828.14
Pre-Primary[102]August 22, 2014$224,828.14$322,772.21$(396,139.59)$151,460.76
July Quarterly[103]October 23, 2014$151,460.76$378,881.30$(509,045.59)$21,296.47
October Quarterly[104]October 15, 2014$21,046.47$41,695.00$(93,132.40)$-30,390.93
Pre-General[105]October 23, 2014$-30,390.93$8,880.00$(2,500.00)$-24,010.93
Running totals

Individual breakdown


Rangel won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Rangel's campaign committee raised a total of $1,461,286 and spent $1,553,263.[106]

Cost per vote

Rangel spent $8.89 per vote received in 2012.


Rangel was re-elected to the U.S. House for a 21st term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $2,937,509 and spent $4,139,258.[107]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Rangel's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,128,015 and $2,495,000. That averages to $1,811,507.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Rangel ranked as the 156th most wealthy representative in 2012.[108] Between 2004 and 2012, Rangel's calculated net worth[109] increased by an average of 6 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[110]

Charles Rangel Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:47%
Average annual growth:6%[111]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[112]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Rangel received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 1989-2014, 29.51 percent of Rangel's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[113]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Charles Rangel Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $23,374,106
Total Spent $23,695,284
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,664,838
Securities & Investment$1,405,848
Real Estate$1,129,385
Health Professionals$1,076,186
% total in top industry7.12%
% total in top two industries14.06%
% total in top five industries29.51%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rangel was a "far-left Democratic Leader" as of August 2014.[114] This was the same rating Rangel received in June 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[115]

Rangel most often votes with:

Rangel least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Rangel missed 2,616 of 25,550 roll call votes from January 1971 to August 2014. This amounts to 10.2 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[114]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rangel paid his congressional staff a total of $1,164,431 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[116]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Rangel ranked 109th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[117]


Rangel ranked 43rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[118]


Rangel ranked 34th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[119]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Rangel voted with the Democratic Party 94.9 percent of the time, which ranked 38th among the 204 House Democratic members as of August 2014.[120]


Rangel voted with the Democratic Party 95.5 percent of the time, which ranked 38th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[121]


Rangel resides with his wife Alma in Harlem, where he was born. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.[122]

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External links


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  40. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  47. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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  109. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  110. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  111. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  112. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Michael Grimm
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 13
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Bill Green
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 15
Succeeded by
Jose E. Serrano
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Chuck Schumer
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 16
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José Serrano
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Bella Abzug
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 19
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Mario Biaggi
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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 18
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Ed Koch
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Bill Green
New York Assembly - District 72
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George Miller