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Rangel ran for re-election in 2012. Because of [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]], Rangel's territory is the new 13th district.  The 2012 Democratic primary election presented Rangel's toughest challenge since he defeated the previous incumbent 42 years ago.<ref name="rc">[http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_150/Charlie-Rangel-at-Risk-in-Rough-Race-215302-1.html?pos=hbtxt ''Roll Call'' "Charlie Rangel at Risk in Rough Race," June 13, 2012]</ref> Rangel was re-elected in November.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/new-york/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, New York"]</ref>
Rangel ran for re-election in 2012. Because of [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]], Rangel's territory is the new 13th district.  The 2012 Democratic primary election presented Rangel's toughest challenge since he defeated the previous incumbent 42 years ago.<ref name="rc">[http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_150/Charlie-Rangel-at-Risk-in-Rough-Race-215302-1.html?pos=hbtxt ''Roll Call'' "Charlie Rangel at Risk in Rough Race," June 13, 2012]</ref> Rangel was re-elected in November.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/new-york/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, New York"]</ref>
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Charles B. Rangel
Charles B. Rangel.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 15
In office
January 3, 1971-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 44
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 3, 1970
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
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
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Charles Bernard "Charlie" Rangel (b. June 11, 1930) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Rangel was elected by voters from New York's 15th congressional district. Rangel is seeking re-election in 2012, although due to redistricting, he will run in the newly drawn 13th district. According to Politico, he was vulnerable in the primary.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rangel is a "moderate Democratic Leader".[2]


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.[3]


Rangel was in the United States Army from 1948-1952, serving in the Korean War, returning to civilian life to enter New York University. After obtaining his degrees, Rangel worked as a lawyer in private practice. He served as assistant United States Attorney, 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 as secretary of the New York State Penal Law and Code Revision Commission.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Rangel serves on the following committees:[4]


Campaign Themes

Rangel lists several of his campaign themes on his website:[6]

  • 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."



See also: New York's 13th congressional district elections, 2012

Rangel ran for re-election in 2012. Because of redistricting, Rangel's territory is the new 13th district. The 2012 Democratic primary election presented Rangel's toughest challenge since he defeated the previous incumbent 42 years ago.[7] Rangel was re-elected in November.[8]

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"

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.[9][10]

Analysts expected race to come into play, as demographic changes and redistricting meant that the traditionally black district is now majority Hispanic.[11] Rangel's foremost challenge came from Espaillat, who was born in the Dominican Republic.[11] While considered a "black politician," Rangel also has Puerto Rican heritage.[7][11]

Two other main issues were Rangel's recent ethics violations and his extensive term in office. Rangel received censure from the U.S. House in 2010 for failing to report some income.[11] And Rangel's challengers pointed out that the 82-year-old congressman has been in office for over half his life.[10][11] The incumbent also suffered health problems this past year that kept him out of Washington for significant chunks of time, raising questions about his ability to represent the district.[11] Rangel, however, dismissed these objections: "If I can support the initiatives that we started, how can I possibly sit on the sidelines?"[7]

Ballot contest

While Rangel declared victory on election night with a 6.6 percentage-point 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 continue to question the Board of Elections' actions.[12][13]

As of Thursday, June 28, 2012, 94% 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.[14]

As of July 2, Rangel's lead had shrunk to 802 votes.[15] By July 3, Espaillat had filed court documents calling for a recount and possibly a new election.[16] The city Board of Elections had yet to finish counting all of the paper votes.[17]

On Friday, July 6, ballot counts showed Rangel with about a 1,000-vote lead.[18] Espaillat was scheduled to make a case in court on July 11,[19] saying that some ballots for him were incorrectly thrown out, or request a new election altogether.[18] 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.[18]

On Saturday, July 7, the city Board of Elections finished counting all of the ballots, and Rangel beat Espaillat by 990 votes.[20] 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.[20][19] 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."[13]

On July 9, Espaillat conceded the race.[12] 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."[12] He and other still had doubts about the Board of Elections' handling of the primary,[13] but he is leaving further presses to advocacy groups.[12]


June 14, 2012

On June 14, 2012, all five Democratic candidates met for a debate. Rangel and Espaillat traded some intense words, with Rangel questioning a petition drive for Espaillat that the state senator says he's 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.[10]

Super PAC involvement

The Super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability targeted Rangel for defeat in the primary.[7]


On November 2, 2010, Rangel was re-elected to the United States House for a twenty first term. He defeated Michel J. Faulkner (R whom also ran on the Conservative Party ticket), Craig Schley (Independence, Vote People Change), and Roger Calero (Socialist Worker).[21]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 15 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCharles B. Rangel Incumbent 72.4% 91,225
     Blank/Scattering 10.8% 13,617
     Republican Michel J. Faulkner 9.3% 11,754
     Independence, Vote People Change Craig Schley 6.2% 7,803
     Socialist Worker Roger Calero 1.3% 1,647
Total Votes 126,046

Campaign donors


Charles B. Rangel Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 13, 2012$251,241.57$67,301.70$(92,237.08)$226,306.19
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2012$178,809.84$274,427.64$(277,828.11)$175,409.37
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2012$131,291.01$49,853.73$(154,544.54)$26,600.20
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Rangel's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Rangel was re-elected to the U.S. House for a twenty first term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $2,937,509 and spent $4,139,258.[25]


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 ranks 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.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Rangel's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $719,019 to $1,785,000. Averaging to a net worth of $1,252,009.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[27]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Charles B. Rangel voted with the Democratic Party 93.6% of the time, which ranked 72nd among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[28]

Recent news

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Rangel still resides with his wife Alma in Harlem where he was born. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.[29]

External links


  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named pol
  2. Gov Track "Rangel" Accessed May 14, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "RANGEL, Charles B., (1930 - )"
  4. Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Serving the People of New York's 15th District "Committees and Caucuses"
  5. Committee on Ways and Means, Chairman Dave Camp "Committee Members"
  6. Campaign website "Issues"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Roll Call "Charlie Rangel at Risk in Rough Race," June 13, 2012
  8. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  9. New York Daily News "4 candidates for 13th C.D. make hay at Lehman TV debate - but Rangel skips it," June 13, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 NY1 "Sparks Fly Between Rangel, Espillat At ICH Congressional Debate," June 14, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 NPR "Harlem Icon Faces 'Perfect Storm' In Re-Election Bid," June 13, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 New York Times "Rangel’s Opponent Gives Up And Will Halt Court Challenge," July 9, 2012
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Politicker "Adriano Espaillat Won’t Be Giving That Apology to The Board of Elections," July 10, 2012
  14. Politico "Rangel results still unsettled," June 28, 2012
  15. Chicago Tribune "Rangel rival challenges primary results," July 2, 2012
  16. Wall Street Journal "Espaillat seeks recount or new NY primary election," July 3, 2012
  17. New York Daily News "Adriano Espaillat vs. Charlie Rangel showdown: Espaillat's lawyer accuses Board of Elections of stonewalling in ballot challenge," July 3, 2012
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Wall Street Journal "Rangel Adds To Vote Edge in New Count," July 6, 2012
  19. 19.0 19.1 New York Times "Rangel’s Slim Lead Widens as Ballot Count Continues," July 5, 2012
  20. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named wsj7
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Charles B. Rangel's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 16, 2012
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Charles B. Rangel's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 16, 2012
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Charles B. Rangel's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 16, 2012
  25. Open Secrets "Charles B. Rangel 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 17, 2011
  26. LegiStorm, "Charles B. Rangel," Accessed October 2, 2012
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  29. Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Serving the People of New York's 15th District "Biography"
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Bill Green
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 15
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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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