Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel

Former Representative from New York’s 13th District, Democrat

Rangel, a Democrat, was the representative for New York's 13th congressional district from 2013 to 2016.

He was previously the representative for New York's 15th congressional district (1993-2012); the representative for New York's 16th congressional district (1983-1992); the representative for New York's 19th congressional district (1973-1982); and the representative for New York's 18th congressional district (1971-1972).

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Rangel.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Rangel sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Rangel is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Rangel was the primary sponsor of 49 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

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%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Health (7%) Government Operations and Politics (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
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.
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 change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
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. ProPublica has tracked 4 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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