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11/28/2011

Rumor (now confirmed): Barney Frank retiring

by Jeremy Hooper

There's morning buzz going around the LGBT media world saying that openly gay Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) will not seek re-election in 2012. Stay tuned for more.

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*UPDATE: Multiple sources have confirmed, with official announcement expected this afternoon. Major wow.

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*MORE:

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2011

Statement by President Obama on Congressman Barney Frank’s Retirement

This country has never had a Congressman like Barney Frank, and the House of Representatives will not be the same without him. For over 30 years, Barney has been a fierce advocate for the people of Massachusetts and Americans everywhere who needed a voice. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of families and businesses and helped make housing more affordable. He has stood up for the rights of LGBT Americans and fought to end discrimination against them. And it is only thanks to his leadership that we were able to pass the most sweeping financial reform in history designed to protect consumers and prevent the kind of excessive risk-taking that led to the financial crisis from ever happening again. Barney’s passion and his quick wit will be missed in the halls of Congress, and Michelle and I join the people of the Bay State in thanking him for his years of service.

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