Congressman Barney Frank Delivers Lasell College 2012 Commencement
Longtime Massachusetts Congressman and advocate for equality, Barney
Frank (D) delivered the commencement address for Lasell College on
Sunday, May 13, 2012.
First elected to Congress in 1980, Frank has been one of the most
consistent proponents and advocates of issues of equality and social
justice. During his career he has sponsored or co-sponsored
groundbreaking legislation including the "Veterans, Women, Families with
Children, and Persons With Disabilities Housing Fairness Act of 2011,"
the 2007 "Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act," and the "Freedom of
Choice Act" of 1993. Frank recently announced he would not run for
re-election after 16 terms in Washington.
"Congressman Barney Frank has been a long-time voice for the voiceless
and has consistently brought issues of equality to the fore. This makes
him ideally suited to speak at an institution like Lasell with those
same values," said President Alexander.
recently, Frank is known for his work related to the country's financial
crisis. From 2007 through 2010, Frank served as Chairman of the
Financial Services Committee, which recently passed The Wall Street
Reform and Consumer Protection Act in the House, which the Wall Street
Journal called "the most sweeping overhaul of the nation's financial
regulatory system since the Great Depression."
Frank is currently the ranking member of the Financial Services
Committee. Although he is widely-recognized for his work on national
issues, Frank has also fought to help New Bedford fishermen, to bring
commuter rail to the Southcoast, and to provide affordable rental
He began his career in the Massachusetts State House, where he served
for eight years before winning a seat in the U.S. Congress in 1980.
Frank is a 1962 graduate of Harvard
University, and a graduate of Harvard Law School in 1977. He currently
resides in Newton.