Barney Frank will not seek reelection in 2012

The state’s highest-profile congressman and one of the nation’s leading liberal voices has decided not to seek reelection. An adviser said the recent Massachusetts redistricting was a major factor in the decision.

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US Representative Barney Frank is the state’s highest-profile congressman and a leading liberal voice, will not seek reelection in 2012.


In his leadership position on the House Financial Services Committee, Frank played a major role in financial legislation and the country’s response to the recession.


Frank has a long history in Massachusetts politics, serving as an aide to former mayor Kevin White and a state representative before being elected to Congress.

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Frank with Gerald Ford in 1966.

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Hubway expanding to Cambridge, Somerville

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Tyrus Lemerande during a performance last month of his one-man show. Below is a poster advertising the production.


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Hope, skepticism for cold fusion

The scientist who claims to have developed the world’s first nuclear cold fusion reactor was at the State House last week to explore producing it in Mass.

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