About Charles Rangel
Charles Rangel is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 13th congressional district in Harlem. He earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He is the third-longest currently serving member of the House of Representatives – serving continuously since 1971. As its most senior member – he is also the Dean of New York’s congressional delegation. Rangel was the first African-American Chair of the influential House Ways and Means Committee. He is also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Congressman Rangel is retiring in 2016. Congressman Rangel will be next to impossible to replace, but he has endorsed New York Assemblyman Keith Wright in the crowded primary to take his seat.