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Barney Frank challenges GOP criticism on Dodd-Frank Act

Barney Frank challenges GOP criticism on Dodd-Frank Act

July 24, 2014Former Rep. Barney Frank insisted Wednesday Dodd-Frank offers a way to end bailouts, but Republican critics still say it fails to resolve "too big to fail."
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UPI Almanac for Monday, July 7, 2014

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New York's first openly gay congressman gets married

New York's first openly gay congressman gets married

COLD SPRING , N.Y., June 23 (UPI) --Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney married partner Randy Florke, becoming the second sitting congressman to wed a same-sex partner.
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Former Rep. Barney Frank still wants to legalize heroin

Former Rep. Barney Frank still wants to legalize heroin

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is once again restating his argument that all drugs, including heroin, should be legalized.
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N.Y. Rep. Maloney to marry longtime partner Florke

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., said he will marry his partner, Randy Florke, becoming the second sitting member of Congress to wed a same-sex partner.

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AIG chief: Lynching comment 'poor choice of words'

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- AIG's chief said he made a "poor choice of words" when he equated criticism of bonuses at the bailed-out U.S. insurer with the lynching of blacks in the South.

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Likely defense nominee Hagel drawing fire

Likely defense nominee Hagel drawing fire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama likely will nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as secretary of defense, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Frank wants temp job: Kerry's replacement

Frank wants temp job: Kerry's replacement

BOSTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Retired U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said Friday he wants to serve as interim replacement for Sen. John Kerry, who has been nominated Secretary of State.
Boehner, Pelosi remain House party leaders

Boehner, Pelosi remain House party leaders

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, at times overcome by emotion, urged lawmakers to tackle the nation's debt so it won't be passed on to future generations.

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Lame-duck lawmakers defend robust debates

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Some high-profile members of the U.S. Congress who will be leaving office next year said bipartisan bickering should not be confused with robust debate.
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WAP98121807 - 18 NOVEMBER 1998 - WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: Rep. Barney Frank, D-MA, speaks to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol, December 18, on the eve of a full vote on impeachment. iw/Ian Wagreich UPI
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Barney Frank (born March 31, 1940) is the U.S. House Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district, serving since 1981. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He won his first full term in 1980 and has been re-elected ever since by wide margins. In 1987, he became the second openly gay member of the House of Representatives. Frank has been described as one of the most prominent LGBT politicians in the United States. From 2007 to 2011, Frank served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

Frank was born Barnett Frank to a Jewish family in Bayonne, New Jersey, one of four children of Sam and Elsie. Frank's father ran a Jersey City truck stop — a place Frank describes as "totally corrupt" — and served a year in prison, when Frank was 6 or 7, for refusing to testify to a grand jury against Frank's uncle. Frank was educated at Harvard College, where he resided in Matthews Hall his first year and then in Kirkland House and Winthrop House, graduating in 1962. Frank's undergraduate studies were interrupted by the death of his father, and Frank took a year off to help resolve the family's affairs prior to his graduation. He taught undergraduates at Harvard while studying for a Ph.D., but left in 1968 before completing the degree, to become Boston mayor Kevin White's Chief Assistant, a position he held for three years. He then served for a year as Administrative Assistant to Congressman Michael J. Harrington. Frank later graduated from Harvard Law School, in 1977, while serving as Massachusetts State Representative.

In 1972 Frank was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he served for eight years. Frank made a name for himself in the mid-1970s as a political defender of the Combat Zone, Boston's notorious red light district. Neighborhoods in Frank's district bordered the Combat Zone. As a means of dealing with crime in the area (including violence, police corruption and the infiltration by organized crime), Frank introduced a bill into the Massachusetts General Court that would have legalized the sex-for-hire business but kept it quarantined in a red light district, which would have been moved to Boston's Financial District. The bill, which had the support of Boston's Police Commissioner, never came up for a vote. Later, when Frank was running for Congress, opponents erroneously portrayed him having attempted to permit red light districts in all Bay State communities.

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