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Barney Frank's Biography

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Barney Frank was born in Bayonne, Hudson County, N.J. on 31 March 1940. His father Sam ran a truck stop along the New Jersey Turnpike. His mother Elsie Frank was a legal secretary.

Barney Frank went to Bayonne High School and Harvard University where he graduated in 1962. He then taught at Harvard University and Harvard Law School.

He became chief assistant to Boston Mayor Kevin White in the late 1960s. Barney Frank was elected member of the Massachusetts state legislature from 1973-80.

In 1980, he was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives, representing Massachusetts's 4th District,

In 1987, Frank announced he was gay, the first member of Congress to do so.

The Boston Globe, in an interesting article about Barney Frank outlined the scandal involving a male escort named Stephen Gobie: "He and Gobie carried on a clandestine affair, during which time Frank hired Gobie as a driver despite knowing Gobie was on probation for drug possession and for possession of child pornography. Frank used his House privileges to fix Gobie's parking tickets. He wrote a memo trying to clear Gobie from probation that was disingenuous at best and an outright deception at worst. Gobie repaid Frank by running a prostitution service out of Frank's Capitol Hill apartment. When Frank discovered this, he fired Gobie and ended their relationship. Then, in 1989, just two years after Frank's announcement that he was gay, Gobie told his story to the conservative Washington Times."

Barney Frank was reprimanded for improperly using his office, but a bid to expel him from Congress failed.

In 2006, Barney Frank became chair, Committee on Financial Services. In 2010, Frank and his Senate counterpart Chris Dodd guided the passage of the landmark Wall Street reform bill.

In 2006 his quotations were made into a book "Frank Talk: The Wit and Wisdom of Barney Frank." In 2009, a former aide wrote a biography called Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman.

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