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Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel

Former Representative for New York’s 13th District

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.
Photo of Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Rangel.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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.

Enacted Legislation

Rangel was the primary sponsor of 48 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Rangel sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (22%) Armed Forces and National Security (20%) International Affairs (20%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Health (7%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Immigration (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Rangel recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Rangel voted No

Rangel voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Rangel voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Rangel voted No

Rangel voted Nay

Rangel voted No

Rangel voted Not Voting

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: