This Day in History: Celebrating Charles Rangel’s 94th Birthday and Legacy of Public Service


In this June 16, 2016 file photo, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rangel retired after more than four decades in office. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)
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Charles Rangel was born on June 11, 1930, in New York City. Celebrating his 94th birthday today, Rangel’s legacy spans over five decades of dedicated public service.

Rangel grew up in Harlem. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. Following his military service, Rangel pursued higher education, graduating from New York University and later earning a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law.

Assemblyman Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), is shown in New York, June 7, 1970. (AP Photo/Ray Howard)

Rangel began his political career in the New York State Assembly in 1966. In 1971, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York’s 15th congressional district. He became one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

He retired from Congress in 2017, leaving a legacy of unwavering dedication to social justice and public service.

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