Charles Rangel

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Charles B. Rangel
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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 is 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]


Political positions

Specific Votes

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.[6]



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

Rangel is running for re-election in 2012. Because of redistricting, Rangel's territory is the new 13th district.

A former Rangel staffer, Vince Morgan, has endorsed state Senator Adriano Espaillat, who is challenging Rangel in the Democratic primary.[7]

According to Politico, Espaillat may have what it takes to unseat the 21-term incumbent. While Rangel successfully warded off serious challengers -- and ethics controversies -- to win in 2010, redistricting for 2012 has shifted the demographics of Rangel's district to include more hispanic voters, which would presumably benefit Dominican-American Espaillat.[1]


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).[8]

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


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.[9]

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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.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Green
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 15
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Chuck Schumer
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 16
Succeeded by
José Serrano
Preceded by
Bella Abzug
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 19
Succeeded by
Mario Biaggi
Preceded by
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 18
Succeeded by
Ed Koch
Preceded by
Bill Green
New York Assembly - District 72
Succeeded by
George Miller