Rangel, Charles (Bernard)(1930– ) U.S. representative; born in New York City. He served as legal counsel to state and federal agencies and then as state assemblyman (Dem.; 1966–70) from Harlem. One of the more outspoken African-American politicians, he went to Congress in 1971 and eventually chaired the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control.
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