40 years after 1st win, NY Rep. Rangel runs again

Published June 7, 2010

NEW YORK – It's been 40 years since New York Rep. Charles Rangel first won his congressional seat. And he's not done yet.

Rangel formally announced his re-election campaign Sunday. The Democrat made the announcement surrounded by a host of elected officials, including Gov. David Paterson.

Rangel was first elected to the House in 1970. He defeated Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who had been a pastor and civil rights leader.

Now Rangel is facing a challenge from Powell's son.

Rangel relinquished his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee in March after being admonished by a congressional ethics panel for taking corporate trips to the Caribbean in violation of House rules.

His diminished clout on Capitol Hill helped draw a challenge from other candidates.

Written by Associated Press

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