Rep. Barney Frank, a well-known openly gay Member, is not running for re-election. Some LGBT advocates worry that there will be a lapse in leadership on gay issues when the Massachusetts Democrat leaves the House.
“There’s no question that legislating is the most personal form of governance. ... Personal factors mean a lot,” Frank said. “I think if you believe that we should be finishing the fight against legal discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender, it is important to have people who are gay and transgender and lesbian in the mix.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.