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Charlie Rangel was born June 11, 1930, in New York City. Rangel and graduated from New York University in 1957 and St. John's University School of Law in 1960. Charlie worked as Assistant U.S. Attorney during the early-mid 1960s. He served two terms in the New York State Assembly from 1967 to 1970, then defeated longtime incumbent Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in a primary challenge on his way to being elected to the House of Representatives. He was elected to Congress in 1970. Congressman Charles Rangel was the Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee until he was suspended from the post while under a House ethics investigation.