Rep. Barney Frank

Former Representative from Massachusetts’s 4th District, Democrat

Frank, a Democrat, was the representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district from 1981 to 2012.



Our unique analysis of the bills Frank sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Frank is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Frank sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (25%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (21%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Law (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Housing and Community Development (8%) Commerce (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Frank’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Jan 2013, Frank missed 883 of 18,814 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. ProPublica has tracked 5 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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