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Barney Frank

Barney Frank
Former U.S. Representative, Massachusetts

Barney Frank retired in January 2013 after 32 years as a Member of the House of Representatives. From 2007-2011 he was the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. In his first two years he cooperated closely with leading officials of the Bush Administration in coping with the financial crisis. In 2009 and 2010 he was a major author, along with Senator Chris Dodd, of the comprehensive Financial Reform Bill.

Prior to serving in Congress, Barney Frank spent eight years as a state Representative in Massachusetts, a year before that as the Chief of Staff to Congressman Michael Harrington, and three years as Chief Assistant to Mayor Kevin White of Boston. In 1987 he became the first Member of Congress voluntarily to acknowledge that he is gay, and in 2012 became the first Member of Congress to marry his same-sex partner, James Ready.

In addition to his work on financial reform, he concentrated in Congress trying to increase the supply of rental housing for low-income people; reduction in the military budget of the United States; and opposition to discrimination based on sexual orientation among other issues. He has written two books: "Speaking Frankly," in 1992, a critique of some aspects of the Democrats approach to public policy; and a political memoir published in March of 2015. He has taught at Harvard, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Stanford University.

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