Charles Rangel Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of former US Congressman Charles Rangel, who represented New York from 1971 to 2017.

Personal:
Birth date: June 11, 1930
Birth place: New York, New York (Harlem)
Birth name: Charles Bernard Rangel
    Father: Ralph Rangel Sr.
    Mother: Blanche (Wharton) Rangel
    Marriage: Alma (Carter) Rangel (July 26, 1964-present)
    Children: Steven and Alicia
    Education: New York University, B.S., 1957; St. John's University, J.D., 1960
    Military service: US Army, 1948-1952
    Religion: Roman Catholic
    Timeline:
    1948-1952 - In the US Army, receives the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor while serving in Korea.
    1961-1962 - Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
    1966-1970 - Member of the New York State Assembly, representing the 72nd District in Central Harlem.
    November 3, 1970 - Is elected to the House of Representatives to represent New York's 18th District.
    January 3, 1971-January 3, 2017 - US Representative from New York.
    1973-1974 - Member of the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment hearings for President Richard Nixon.
    1974-1975 - Co-founder and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
    1975 - First African-American to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee.
    1983-1993 - Chairman of the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse & Control.
    1996-2007- Ranking Democratic member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
    2005 - Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
    2007-March 3, 2010 - First African-American chairman, for the House Ways and Means Committee.
    April 3, 2007 - Rangel's book, "And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since: From the Streets of Harlem to the Halls of Congress," is published.
    September 5, 2008 - Rangel's lawyer, Lanny Davis, announces that Rangel unknowingly failed to report approximately $75,000 in income from a beach house he owns in the Dominican Republic.
    September 24, 2008 - The House Ethics Committee announces it is establishing an ethics panel to investigate Rangel.
    November 4, 2008 - Re-elected to a 20th term, serving New York's 15th District.
    February 25, 2010 - Rangel is admonish