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12/26/2012 09:55 am ET Updated Dec 26, 2012

Barney Frank: Retirement Will Be Welcomed Because 'I'm Tired'

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said he's more than ready to retire and looking forward to not dealing with "stupid" problems in Washington.

“After 45 years, I’m tired,” Frank said in an interview with Politico. “I look forward to a situation where when the phone rings, I won’t be apprehensive that it’s some problem I have to deal with: some crisis -- maybe that somebody else has done something stupid that I have to deal with, or in the worst case, something stupid I’ve done that I have to deal with.”

After 16 terms in Congress, Frank announced in November 2011 he would not seek reelection in 2012. Frank said a new redistricting map -- along with a "busy and stressful" last four years -- influenced his decision to retire.

Frank also ruled out running for Senate if Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is appointed to a position in President Barack Obama's cabinet. Obama nominated Kerry to be the next Secretary of State on December 21.

"If I wanted to stay in Congress, why wouldn’t I prefer being a senior member of the House rather than the most junior member of the Senate?" Frank told the Boston Globe.

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