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Barney Frank, the democratic congressman from Massachusetts, has recently announced that he will not seek re-election in 2012.  Frank decided to retire because he has grown tired of campaigning. He has been in politics for 45 years, his district was recently redrawn, and he is now at a point where, as he said, “there are other things I would like to do with my life.”

Frank has been a longtime advocate and proponent of internet gaming in general, and poker specifically.  He has introduced multiple bills which move to regulate and legalize internet gambling, but none were passed.  His most recent bill, HR 1174, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act, was introduced in March.  Frank generally believes that Americans should be allowed to spend their money as they wish, so long as they are not harming others.  He is thus one of online poker’s biggest allies in the U.S. as he sees no reason why the U.S. government should be involved in banning online poker.

Frank has stated that he will not become a lobbyist but that he will continue to advocate the public policy decisions he believes are important to our country.  Frank said that he hopes to teach, write and lecture when his lengthy political career finally ends.