Barney Frank headed to Senate?
January 4th, 2013
08:38 AM ET
2 years ago

Barney Frank headed to Senate?

(CNN) – Just a day after ending his final term in the House of Representatives, Barney Frank hinted he may be headed back to Capitol Hill, if on a temporary basis.

The former Massachusetts lawmaker told hosts on MSNBC Friday he has asked Bay State governor Deval Patrick to appoint him as a temporary senator in the likely event John Kerry leaves the upper chamber to become secretary of state. Kerry, who was formally nominated to the post before Christmas, is widely expected to be confirmed by his colleagues.
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Filed under: Barney Frank • Massachusetts
November 25th, 2012
10:18 AM ET
2 years ago

Retiring lawmakers reflect on remaining challenges

(CNN) – When the new session of Congress begins in January, most of the faces on Capitol Hill will be the same – incumbents in both the House and the Senate overwhelmingly won re-election in November.

Yet before ballots were cast, thirty-five members of Congress had already said they wouldn’t be returning to Washington in 2013. The number of retiring lawmakers was the highest since 1996, and the list included some formidable – and famous – members of the legislative branch. All will be watching from the sidelines as their former colleagues attempt to find solutions to both major legislative problems, and Congress’ own dismal approval ratings.
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Filed under: Barney Frank • Congress • Joe Lieberman • Jon Kyl • Kay Bailey Hutchison
September 26th, 2012
09:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Barney Frank says pot brownie 'made me sleepy'

(CNN) - CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Rep. Barney Frank about his support for marijuana reform. He also reveals the one time he's tried the drug.


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Barney Frank marries longtime partner
July 7th, 2012
08:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Barney Frank marries longtime partner

(CNN) - – U.S. Rep. Barney Frank married his longtime partner Saturday evening, becoming the first member of Congress to marry someone of the same gender while in office.

Frank's office said the 16-term Massachusetts Democrat married Jim Ready, a small business owner and photographer from Maine at a Newton, Massachusetts ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
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Filed under: 2012 • Barney Frank • Deval Patrick • Massachusetts • Same-sex marriage
May 9th, 2012
07:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Video: Rep. Barney Frank: 'A sign that things have evolved'

(CNN) – The first openly gay member of Congress, Rep. Barney Frank, reacted to President Barack Obama's support of same-sex marriage on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."

"I'm very pleased," the Massachusetts Democrat said. "It's both a cause and an effect. Obviously as well intentioned as the president is, as much as he is opposed to discrimination, lots are constrained by public opinion. It is a sign that things have evolved. No president could have done this ten years ago. Secondly, it will be very helpful because it will help persuade other people about this and I think about 15-year-olds in school somewhere being picked on and bullied. Now the president of the United States has said, 'Hey, you know what, you're as important as anybody else.'"


Filed under: Barney Frank • Same-sex marriage
Rep. Barney Frank to marry partner
January 26th, 2012
12:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Rep. Barney Frank to marry partner

(CNN) – Democratic Rep. Barney Frank's spokesman Harry Gural said the longtime congressman plans to marry his partner, Jim Ready, in Massachusetts.

Gural declined to provide any more details on the timing of the wedding, adding that Frank has no plans to say anything more about the event.

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Filed under: Barney Frank • Massachusetts • Same-sex marriage
Frank discusses coming out as gay, going out as congressman
November 29th, 2011
05:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Frank discusses coming out as gay, going out as congressman

Washington (CNN) - Barney Frank wasn't the first member of Congress to publicly reveal he was gay, but he was the first to do so voluntarily, he told reporters Tuesday in talking about his decision to retire.

Still, Frank said, he didn't come out about his sexuality until he was 47.

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Filed under: 2012 • Barney Frank • Gay rights • House of Representatives
Barney Frank not seeking re-election in 2012
November 28th, 2011
09:46 AM ET
3 years ago

Barney Frank not seeking re-election in 2012

Washington (CNN) - Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank, a prominent 16-term liberal Democrat and arch-enemy of political conservatives nationwide, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012, according to a statement from Frank's office.

Frank, 71, will hold a news conference in his district to discuss the decision at 1 p.m.

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Rep. Frank's advice to Romney
June 15th, 2011
07:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Rep. Frank's advice to Romney

Washington (CNN) – Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has some fashion advice for his former governor, Mitt Romney.

The outspoken Democrat told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the 2012 presidential hopeful has been looking "a little bit underdressed" since his neckties have began disappearing from his campaign stop wardrobe.
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Filed under: 2012 • Barney Frank • Massachusetts • Mitt Romney • TV-The Situation Room
Obama could get his way on consumer chief
May 11th, 2011
04:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama could get his way on consumer chief

Washington (CNNMoney.com) - A Senate Republican vow to block any nominee to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau gives President Obama no choice but to appoint a head of that agency during congressional recess, a top House Democrat said Wednesday.

Last week, 44 Senate Republicans said they would not approve any nominee to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without major changes that would weaken the power of the bureau and the bureau's chief.

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