Barney Frank

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Barney Frank
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U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 4
In office
January 3, 1981-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 34
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1980
Next generalNot running in 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Harvard University
Date of birthMarch 31, 1940
Place of birthBayonne, NJ
Office website
Barney Frank is a Democratic Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Massachusetts' 4th congressional district.

Frank announced at the end of November 2011 that he would retire rather than seek re-election, stating that he didn't have the energy for a difficult campaign for a seat with 325,000 new voters. "I think I would have won but it would have been a tough campaign. I hate raising money," Frank said.[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Frank is the ranking member on the United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services.[2]


Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Frank voted with the Democratic Party 91.9% of the time, which ranked 120th among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[3]

Voting record

Specific Votes

  • Rep. Frank voted for TARP.[4] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[5]
  • Frank also supported the auto bailout.[6] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[5]
  • In addition, Rep. Frank voted for the stimulus bill.[7] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [8]
  • Frank also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[9] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[10]
  • Frank supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[11] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[12]
  • Frank voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[13] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[14]



See also: Massachusett's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Frank is not running for re-election in 2012.


On November 2, 2010, Barney Frank won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Sean Bielat in the general election.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 4 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarney Frank Incumbent 55.4% 125,825
     Republican Sean Bielat 44.6% 101,315
Total Votes 227,140

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Drinan
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 4
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Massachusetts House of Representatives
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