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 Wife: Who is Barney Frank married to?
Barney Frank married his longtime partner, Jim Ready, in July 2012. Ready is a photographer and small business owner from Maine.
The couple had been together since 2007 and were one of the first same-sex couples to be legally married in Massachusetts after the state legalized same-sex marriage in 2004.
Barney Frank had publicly come out as gay in 1987, making him the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily. His marriage to Jim Ready was widely celebrated as a milestone for LGBT rights.