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The U.S. Representative for New York's 15th congressional district, serving since 1971.
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ENG: Charles Bernard "Charlie" Rangel (born June 11, 1930) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 15th congressional district, serving since 1971. A member of the Democratic Party, he is the third-longest currently serving member of the House of Representatives. As its most senior member, he is also the Dean of New York's congressional delegation. In January 2007, Rangel became Chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, the first African-American to do so. He is also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Rangel was born in Harlem in New York City, and had a somewhat troubled childhood. He earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he led a group of soldiers out of a deadly Chinese Army encirclement ...
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Charles Rangel on Supporting Occupy Wall Street

This month Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) was the first member of Congress to visit the Occupy Wall Street protest -- but contrary to some reports, he says that he was not booed out of the place. The jeers from the crowd, Rangel told The Root, were directed instead at a lone heckler who interrupted his speech supporting the movement. The Harlem lawmaker also said that the voice of a frustrated constituency -- even if it's just to say, "I'm mad as hell" -- is welcome and necessary for Congress to act on unemployment, foreclosure and the dissolving middle class. Rangel spoke with us about what he ...

Charlie Rangel crashes Rick Perry's Harlem party

Texas Gov. Rick Perry got an unexpected welcoming party when the GOP presidential candidate arrived in Harlem today: Longtime Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel. The wily Democrat, who has represented the largely black and Latino neighborhood for 42 years in the House, startled reporters waiting for Perry when he turned up outside Papasito's Bar, where the governor was scheduled to meet local business readers. Wearing a cat-that-ate-the-canary grin, the congressman insisted that he "had no idea it was a Republican event." Tongue remaining firmly in cheek, he continued that he felt he should be ...

Poten. Challenger Claims Rangel Vulnerable This Go Around

Charles Rangel may be a Harlem institution, but a poll paid for by a potential rival says he's beatable. Clyde Williams, former adviser to President Bill Clinton with ties to President Obama, didn't want to blindly challenge the 42-year incumbent.So Williams hired one of Mayor Bloomberg’s pollsters, Whitman Insight Strategies, to ask 600 likely Democratic primary voters in the district if they would re-elect Rangel.The answer: only 35% said they would send Rangel back to Congress, company president Bernard Whitman said."If you are an incumbent, and less than 50% of the people polled say ...

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