Former Rep. Barney Frank Seeks Appointment as Interim Senator

Former Rep. Barney Frank may serve as the interim senator from Massachusetts if Gov. Deval Patrick grants his wish.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Frank has asked Patrick to appoint him to fill the seat that Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is expected to vacate soon. President Obama nominated Kerry to be the new secretary of state and he is expected to be confirmed by the Senate very quickly.

The former congressman who co-authored the Dodd-Frank Act said the governor was “noncommittal” in response to his request for the appointment, the Globe said.

If appointed as the interim senator, Frank could serve in the Senate until a special Senate election is held in April.

Frank was a chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007-2010.

In other news, the new House Financial Services Committee chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, announced Thursday that he has selected Shannon McGahn to be his staff director.

McGahn recently served as communication director for the House Republican Conference which Hensarling chaired.

The new staff director also worked on the Financial Services Committee during the debate over the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010.