Rangel, Charles Bernard (răngˈgəl) [key], 1930–, U.S. congressman, b. New York City. Receiving his law degree from St. John's Univ. in 1960, Rangel served in the New York state assembly (1966–70) before defeating (1970) fellow Democrat Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., to win his first term as U.S. representative for New York City's Harlem. A member (1975–) of the House ways and means committee, he became its chairman in 2007, stepping down in 2010 after a series of revelations of various financial improprieties. Later that year he was found guilty of a number of House ethics violations and censured by the House. Rangel also chaired (1983–93) the former select committee on narcotics.
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