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U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., greets supporters celebrating his re-election in the 4th Congressional District at a party in Newton, Mass Tuesday,Nov. 2, 2010. Frank faced Republican Sean Bielat in Tuesday’s general election. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., greets supporters celebrating his re-election in the 4th Congressional District at a party in Newton, Mass Tuesday,Nov. 2, 2010. Frank faced Republican Sean Bielat in Tuesday’s general election.

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.