Rangel, Charles Bernard

Rangel, Charles Bernard răng´gəl [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 long-time member 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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