Congressman Barney Frank to Retire in 2013
Matt | On 28, Nov 2011
One of the most liberal and outspoken members of Congress is waving the white flag on his legislative career at the end of his two-year term.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) will throw in the towel on the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2013. He was elected to Congress in 1980.
Frank, 70, blazed a trail not only as a top liberal Democrat, but as one of the first openly gay members of the chamber. He co-chairs the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus with three other gay and lesbian legislators.
His name is also a prominent catchphrase in the financial services community. The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that was partially named after him in 2010 was designed to clean up Wall Street practices after the sector nearly destroyed the economy a few years ago.
It’s kinda hard to imagine a Congress without Barney Frank. But, he will have served a solid 32 years in office by the end of his term. Seems like it is that time to let the pony ride off into the sunset.
My expectation is to see a Barney Frank giving as little of a damn as possible about the opposing Republican agenda over the next 14 months. It will be interesting to see how he makes a final push for Democratic policies and interests before he leaves office. For him, it’s smooth sailing from here!