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 33
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 1980
Next generalNot running in 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Harvard University
BirthdayMarch 31, 1940
Place of birthBayonne, New Jersey
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]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Frank is a "moderate Democratic leader".[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Frank is the ranking member on the United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services.[3]


Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Frank has voted with the Democratic Party 91.9% of the time, which ranked 120th among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[4]

Voting record

Specific Votes

Frank voted for TARP.[5] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[6]

  • Frank also supported the auto bailout.[7] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[6]
  • In addition, Frank voted for the stimulus bill.[8] 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. [9]
  • Frank also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[10] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[11]
  • Frank supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[12] 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.[13]
  • Frank voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[14] 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.[15]



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 (R) in the general election.[16]

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
Succeeded by