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Charles Rangel is an American politician. He has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1971, representing the Fifteenth Congressional District of New York. In January 2007 he became Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Rangel was elected to and served in the New York State Assembly from 1966 to 1970, representing the 72nd Legislative District in Central Harlem. In 1970 he ran for election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating long-time Congressman Adam Clayton Powell in the Democratic primary and then winning the general election. He has won re-election every two years since, often with over 90% of the vote. He is the first African American to chair the Ways and Means Committee.
Rangel is a decorated war veteran, earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in the Korean War.
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