Barney Frank confirms he is getting married

The retiring U.S. congressman to wed longtime partner

Barney Frank confirms he is getting married
26 January 2012 Print This Article

Barney Frank, the first openly gay member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is getting married to his longtime partner Jim Ready.

The couple, who met six years ago, have not yet set a date.

The Massachusetts congressman isn't providing any further details but he told Charlie Rose in an interview earlier this month: 'I have a partner now. I’m in love for the first time in my life.'

Frank is 71 and Ready is 42.

The congressman is an outspoken liberal with a very sharp tongue who announced in November that his current 16th term will be his last.

After facing one of his toughest re-election bids in 2010, Frank faced an even tougher battle at the polls this year due to congressional redistricting. His liberal positions made him a target for conservatives and his newly-configurated district included more conservative areas.

Frank first took office in Massachusetts’ fourth district in 1980. From 2007-2011, he served as chairman of the House Financial Services committee and it was during that time that he spearheaded work on the landmark financial regulation legislation that rewrote the rules for Wall Street after the 2008 financial crisis.

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