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Barney Frank
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U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 4
Retired Representative
In office
January 3, 1981-2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 1980
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Harvard University
Date of birthMarch 31, 1940
Place of birthBayonne, New Jersey
Office website
Barney Frank was a Democratic Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He represented Massachusetts' 4th congressional district.

Frank announced at the end of November 2011 that he would retire rather than seek re-election in 2012, 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 was a "moderate Democratic leader".[2]

On January 4, 2012, Frank stated that he asked Governor Deval Patrick to be appointed as interim U.S. Senator until a special election can be held to replace John Kerry, if Kerry is confirmed as Secretary of State.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


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

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Frank voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]



On January 4, 2012, Frank made a public appearance on TV stating that he asked Governor Deval Patrick to be appointed as interim U.S. Senator until a special election can be held to replace John Kerry, if Kerry is confirmed as Secretary of State. He also stated that he had no interest in running in the special election for the seat.[17]


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

Frank did not run for re-election in 2012. Joseph Kennedy III (D) defeated Sean Bielat (R) and David Rosa (I) in the general election.


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.[18]

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


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Frank paid his congressional staff a total of $1,273,727 in 2011. He ranked 3rd on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 3rd overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Massachusetts ranked 2nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Frank's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $619,024 and $1,510,000. That averages to $1,064,512, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[20]

Political positions

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2012, Barney Frank was ranked the 25th most liberal representative during 2011.[21]

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.[22]

Recent news

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External links


  1. Wall Street Journal "Frank Won't Seek Re-Election," November 29, 2011
  2. Gov Track "Barney Frank" Accessed April 16, 2012
  3. Boston Herald, "Top Deval adviser no fan of Barney Frank's Senate bid," January 5, 2012
  4. Barney Frank US House website "About me" Accessed November 29, 2011
  5. U.S. House Clerk "2008 TARP Roll Call Vote"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Gallup "Among recent bills, financial reform lone plus in Congress," September 13, 2010
  7. U.S. House Clerk "2008 Auto Bailout Roll Call Vote"
  8. U.S. House Clerk "2009 Stimulus Bill Roll Call Vote"
  9. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  10. U.S. House Clerk "2009 Cash for Clunkers Roll Call Vote"
  11. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  12. U.S. House Clerk "2009 Cap and Trade Roll Call Vote"
  13. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  14. U.S. House Clerk "2010 Health Care Reform Roll Call Vote"
  15. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  16. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. Boston Herald, "Top Deval adviser no fan of Barney Frank's Senate bid," January 5, 2012
  18. MSNBC "2010 Election Results"
  19. LegiStorm "Barney Frank"
  20., "Frank, (D-Massachusetts), 2010"
  21. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Drinan
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts, District 4
Succeeded by
Joseph Kennedy III
Preceded by
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Succeeded by