Charles Rangel censure vote: Five others the House has slapped down
The House is poised to vote whether to censure Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. It’s a punishment seldom used, but here are the five most recent cases.
Rep. Gerry Studds, 1983
Rep. Gerry Studds (D) of Massachusetts was censured for engaging in sexual relations with a male congressional page. Mr. Studds, the first openly gay congressman, refused to apologize for his conduct, which he described as a “consensual relationship with a young adult.” He did, however, acknowledge committing “a very serious error in judgment.”
Studds was censured the same day as Crane, on a 420-3 vote. The censure did not affect Studds’ reelection. He retired in 1997 after serving six terms.