Jewish congressman to retire after 30 years

US Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) announced Monday he would not seek re-election in the coming congressional elections, putting an end to the 30-year-long career in the House of Representatives that made Frank one of Washington’s most prominent Jewish politicians.

Frank said redistricting following the most recent census was behind his decision to leave Congress a term earlier than he had previously intended.

Frank, who represents the southern Boston suburbs and the industrial heartland of southeastern Massachusetts, became America’s first openly gay member of Congress when he came out of the closet in 1987. In recent years, he has been at the forefront of congressional efforts to release Jonathan Pollard, including spearheading a 2010 letter to President Barack Obama requesting clemency for Pollard.


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