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Barney Frank

U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) holds a news conference on issues before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 3, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)

Rep. Barney Frank retiring

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.