Barney Frank is a retired American politician and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He represented the state of Massachusetts’ 4th congressional district from 1981 to 2013.
Frank was a member of the Democratic Party and served as the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2011.
During his tenure in Congress, Frank became known for his progressive views and his outspokenness on a range of social and economic issues.
He played a key role in the passage of several landmark pieces of legislation, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was designed to regulate the financial industry in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
Frank retired from Congress in 2013 after serving for 32 years, making him one of the longest-serving members of the House of Representatives.
After leaving office, he became a political commentator and an advocate for LGBT rights.
Barney Frank Parents: Meet Elsie and Samuel Frank
Barney Frank was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, to a Jewish family. His parents were Elsie (née Golush) and Samuel Frank, both of whom were immigrants from Poland.
His mother worked as a teacher and his father was a truck driver. Barney Frank was raised in Bayonne and later in the nearby town of Jersey City.
He attended Harvard College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962, and then went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in government from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1965.