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.

Photo of Rep. Barney Frank [D-MA4, 1981-2012]

Analysis

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)

Enacted Legislation

Frank was the primary sponsor of 32 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

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%) Commerce (8%) Housing and Community Development (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Frank’s Vote Vote Description
No H.J.Res. 117 (112th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013
Sep 13, 2012. Passed 329/91.
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Aye H.R. 2278 (112th): To limit the use of funds appropriated to the Department of Defense for United States Armed Forces ...
Jun 24, 2011. Failed 180/238.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay H.R. 2499 (111th): Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010
Apr 29, 2010. Passed 223/169.
Nay S. 3001 (110th): Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009
Sep 24, 2008. Passed 392/39.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Nay H.R. 3087 (110th): A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress reports on the status of ...
Oct 2, 2007. Passed 377/46.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
No H.R. 1585 (110th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
May 17, 2007. Passed 397/27.

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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