Rep. Barney Frank retiring

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is surrounded by members of the media after announcing he will not seek reelection in  2012, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, in Newton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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Barney Frank, the first openly gay serving member of Congress and powerful Democrat whose name is attached to a sweeping Wall Street reform bill, announced on Nov. 28 he does not plan to seek re-election.

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