Capitol Hill will lose one if its most charismatic legislators, as the Massachusetts congressman calls it quits
Updated 2:21 p.m.
Rep. Barney Frank, one of the most influential liberal lawmakers of his generation, announced that he is not seeking a 17th term in Congress next year. He said the changed lines of his suburban Boston district and an unexpectedly heated re-election campaign last year played roles in his decision.
"I'd been ambivalent about running, not because I don't think that the job is important but there are other things I would like to do in my life before my career is over," Frank said at a press conference in his hometown of Newton, Massachusetts Monday afternoon. "I was planning to run again and then the congressional redistricting came. And this decision was precipitated by congressional redistricting, not entirely caused by it."
The Massachusetts Democrat, first elected in 1980, serves as the ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. During a four-year stint as chairman of the panel, he helped shepherd the Dodd-Frank overhaul of the nation's financial regulations. The Almanac of American Politics described Frank as a "savvy legislator known for his keen intellect and sharp tongue."