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As the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Barney Frank, the colorful and whip-smart Massachusetts Democrat, will play a key role in the new Congress's efforts to resolve the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression while also addressing the regulatory shortcomings that helped create it.
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Date of Birth: 3/31/1940
Hometown: Bayonne, N.J.
Education: B.A. in government from Harvard; J.D., Harvard Law School
What do Barney Frank and George H.W. Bush have in common? (They are both left-handed.)