Barney Frank's keynotes reveal his conscientious and thoughtful contributions to law and government.
Frank is the first U.S. congressman to publicly come out. Though he became a Congressman in 1980, Frank did not publicly disclose his sexual preference until 1987. This was a preemptive move, so that a later revelation about his sexuality would not negatively impact his career.
One of Frank's most influential professional contributions was his work with the American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act. He is also known for his prominent involvement in mortgage foreclosure issues and the House's Financial Services Committee. Frank left congress after an impressive 32 years, during which he proved himself to be a a diligent and proficient lawmaker whose influence cannot be discounted.