Rangel was the representative for New York’s 13th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2013 to 2016.
He was previously the representative for New York’s 15th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2012; the representative for New York’s 16th congressional district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1992; the representative for New York’s 19th congressional district as a Democrat from 1973 to 1982; and the representative for New York’s 18th congressional district as a Democrat from 1971 to 1972.
The House voted to censure Rangel for ethics violations and tax evasion on December 2, 2010 by 333-79. In 2016, Representative Rangel did not seek reelection.
|Nov. 29, 2010||House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommended censure|
|Dec. 2, 2010||House of Representatives voted to censure Rangel 333-79|
|2016||Rangel did not seek reelection.|
In 2009 Rangel was investigated for receiving impermissible travel gifts. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct concluded Rangel did knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts and ordered him to repay them.
|Jun. 8, 2009||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the allegations|
|Feb. 26, 2010||House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct concluded Representative Rangel did knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts and ordered him to repay them|
Read our 2016 Report Card for Rangel.
Rangel is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Rangel sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.
Rangel was the primary sponsor of 48 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 4443 (113th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 90 Vermilyea Avenue, in New York, New York, as the “Corporal Juan Mariel Alcantara Post ...
- H.R. 4337 (111th): Regulated Investment Company Modernization Act of 2010
- H.R. 1586 (111th): FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act
- H.R. 4213 (111th): Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010
- H.J.Res. 86 (111th): Recognizing the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War and reaffirming the United States-Korea alliance.
- H.R. 5160 (111th): Haiti Economic Lift Program Act of 2010
- H.R. 3590 (111th): Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Does 48 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Rangel sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (22%) International Affairs (20%) Armed Forces and National Security (20%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Health (7%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (4%)
Some of Rangel’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 103 (114th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish ...
- H.Res. 915 (114th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to Marcus ...
- H.Res. 799 (114th): Calling on the United States Government to resume talks with the Democratic ...
- H.R. 4421 (114th): Colonel Charles Young Congressional Gold Medal Act
- H.Res. 541 (114th): Expressing support for designation of June 2016 as “National Gun Violence Awareness ...
- H.R. 3396 (114th): CURE Act of 2015
- H.Res. 384 (114th): Calling for a formal end of the Korean War.
From Jan 1971 to Dec 2016, Rangel missed 2,851 of 27,154 roll call votes, which is 10.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills