Barney Frank Survives Republican Threat To Win Reelection

01/02/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

BOSTON — U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, a favorite target of conservatives, is going back to Washington for a 16th term after beating back one of the toughest re-election campaigns of his nearly three decades in office.

Voters in Massachusetts rejected a GOP challenge from political newcomer Sean Bielat (BEE'-lat).

Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, had emerged as one of Capitol Hill's most powerful Democrats while shepherding both the Wall Street overhaul bill and one of the nation's most sweeping financial regulatory bills through the House.

That role helped make the 70-year-old a lightning rod for conservatives. Republicans gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Bielat, a 35-year-old businessman and former U.S. Marine.