House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat (right), confers with the committee's ranking Republican, Spencer Bachus of Alabama, during a September hearing. Mr. Bachus, who will succeed Mr. Frank as chairman in January, is expected to exhibit a more reserved style. (Associated Press)

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat (right), confers with the committee's ranking Republican, Spencer Bachus of Alabama, during a September hearing. Mr. Bachus, who will succeed Mr. Frank as chairman in January, is expected to exhibit a more reserved style. (Associated Press)