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Barney Frank

DARTMOUTH, MA - AUGUST 18: United States Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) listens to a question during a town hall meeting August 18, 2009 at the Dartmouth Council on Aging in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, accepted an invitation from the Democratic Town Committee of Dartmouth to speak on the major issues before Congress including healthcare reform and efforts to curb the abuses in the financial industry. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

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.