Barney's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Poor, Lazy Overachievers

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Washington, DC

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 7

BARNEY FRANK

Massachusetts Congressman

“Learn what your traits are. Where they are weaknesses, stay away. Where they are strengths, go there.”

INTERESTS:

Politics

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Desire Hard Work Negativity Success Acceptance Honesty Planning Chance Opportunity

TAGS:

busy, commitment, criticism, decisions, demographic, freedom summer, jewish, limitations, making the world better, Mississippi, privacy, religion, sacrifices, sensitivity, sexuality, short attention span, strengths, thick skin, traits, weaknesses

BIOGRAPHY:

At first, Congressman Barney Frank intended to be a professor, but found that he didn't have the temperament for the classroom. A chance to work as the assistant to the mayor of Boston in 1968 gave him the inspiration to begin his own political career. Congressman Frank was elected into the U.S. House of Representatives in 1981, and has remained in the House ever since. In 1987, he became the second openly gay member of the House of Representatives, and he is one of the most prominent LGBT politicians in the United States.

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