Frank, 71, was first elected to the House of Representatives 30 years ago, in 1980. The Massachusetts representative is truly one-of-a-kind -- as RRT News reported, Frank is "perhaps the most unique lawmaker currently serving in Washington."
AMONG FIRST OPENLY GAY IN CONGRESS
He was one of the first openly gay members of Congress, coming out in 1987. During his press conference today, announcing his retirement, Frank talked about believing that his coming out was helpful to the cause of gay rights, saying "the best antidote to prejudice is reality."