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Barney Frank - 10 Years After Dodd Frank

Barney Frank is a former U.S. representative and former chair of the House Financial Services Committee. Mr. Frank served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Fourth District in Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013 and as committee chair from 2007-2011.

Mr. Frank played a key role in government efforts to stop the 2008 financial crisis and was a co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, a comprehensive reform of the U.S. financial industry. The bill is named after himself and former Sen. Chris Dodd. Its eight measures fixed some of the problems that caused the financial crisis. It also established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and limited banks' use of depositors' funds with the Volcker Rule.

Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Frank spent eight years as a state representative in Massachusetts. He also served as chief of staff to Congressman Michael Harrington and three years as chief assistant to Mayor Kevin White of Boston.

In addition to his work on financial reform, Mr. Frank concentrated in Congress trying to increase the supply of rental housing for low-income people; reduce the military budget of the United States; and opposing discrimination based on sexual orientation among other issues.

He has written two books: “Speaking Frankly,” in 1992, a critique of some aspects of the Democrats approach to public policy, and a political memoir, “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage,” published in March of 2015.

Mr. Frank has taught at Harvard, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Stanford University. He currently is a sought-after speaker.

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