Who is Charles Rangel?
Charles Rangel is most known for his role as the Republican U.S.
Representative for the 15th congressional district of New York. He
has served this office since 1971, making Charles Rangel the third-longest
currently serving member within the House of Representatives.
Charles Rangel was born on January 3. 1971 in Harlem and
found himself with a difficult childhood. He dropped out of high school and
volunteered for Army Service during the Korean War. He was awarded a Purple
Heart along with a Bronze Star during the war after leading a group of comrades
out of a Chinese Army Encirclement.
After his service, he earned degrees through the G.I. Bill
at New York University as well as St. John’s Law School. After obtaining his
Juris Doctor in 1960, Charles Rangel worked as a private lawyer, legal counsel,
and an Assistant U.S. Attorney throughout the 1960’s. He also served in the New
York State Assembly for two terms and then defeated incumbent Congressmen
Powell Jr. in the primary for the House of Representatives. He won the 1970
general election with the Republican and Democratic backing.
Since winning the 1970 election, Charles Rangel has
maintained his seat for every election, with at least 90% of the vote. He has
often received the support of the Democratic party as well as the Republican
and Liberal Party in New York.
As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Charles Rangel
has the follow caucus memberships:
House Democratic Caucus
Congressional Black Caucus
International Conservation Caucus
Charles Rangel also has had the following committees:
Ranking member from 1996 to 2006 and Chair 2007
to 2010 of the Committee on Ways & Means
Chair during 2007 and 2009 and Vice Chair in
2008 and 2010 of the Joint Committee on Taxation
Chair from 1983 to 1993 of the Select Committee
on Narcotics Abuse and Control
Committee on the Judiciary
Select Committee on Crime
Some of Charles Rangel’s opinions on influential subjects
Support for President’s Obama’s initiative to
bring home American troops from abroad.
Support for the Patient Protection & Affordable
Care Act of 2010.
Believes that American foreign policy should
focus on international security and freedom across the world and should help
provide aid and resources to impoverished nations and also disaster relief to
others when necessary
Supports President Obama’s stance on going
against privatizing Medicare and Social Security
Committed to protecting the environment and the
earth’s natural resources by increasing fuel economy standards, reducing
greenhouse emissions, and preserving the earth.
Supports the protection of at-risk families
through the creation of affordable housing.