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Barney Frank
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Robert Drinan
Succeeded by Joseph Kennedy
Chair of the House Financial Services Committee
In office
January 4, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Mike Oxley
Succeeded by Spencer Bachus
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 8th Suffolk district
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Francis Dailey
Succeeded by Thomas Vallely
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 5th Suffolk district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Eliot Wadsworth
Succeeded by Daniel Pokaski
Personal details
Born Barnett Frank
March 31, 1940 (1940-03-31) (age 78)
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Jim Ready (m. 2012)
Alma mater Harvard University

Barnett "Barney" Frank (born March 31, 1940) is an American former politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007–2011) and was a leading co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd–Frank Act, a sweeping reform of the U.S. financial industry. Frank, a resident of Newton, Massachusetts, is considered the most prominent openly gay politician in the United States.

Frank was born on March 31, 1940 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He studied at Harvard University. He has been married to Jim Ready since 2012.

Barney's latest book is "Frank Barney Frank," a review of his personal and political career and a strong argument for empowering government to help people.

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