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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.

Misconduct/alleged misconduct

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

Analysis

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 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. 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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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%)

Recent Bills

Some of Rangel’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Rangel’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 511: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015
Nov 17, 2015. Passed 249/177.
No H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
Nay H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
No H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Yea H.R. 3080 (112th): United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Oct 12, 2011. Passed 278/151.
No H.R. 2218 (112th): Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act
Sep 13, 2011. Passed 365/54.
Not Voting H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant legislative change to the U.S. patent system since the ...
Nay H.Con.Res. 308 (111th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives.
Jul 29, 2010. Passed 231/189.

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.

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Primary Sources

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