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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 1989 file photo, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., center, faces reporters at a Washington Hotel. Frank's office says he won't seek re-election in 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 1989 file photo, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., center, faces reporters at a Washington Hotel. Frank's office says he won't seek re-election in 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File)

Rep. Barney Frank retiring

January 1, 1970

Barney Frank, the first openly gay serving member of Congress and powerful Democrat whose name is attached to a sweeping Wall Street reform bill, announced on Nov. 28 he does not plan to seek re-election.