Bill Frenzel (born Saint Paul, July 31, 1928 - ) is a former Republican Congressman from Minnesota, representing Minnesota's Third District, which includes the southern and western suburbs of Minneapolis.
Frenzel was educated at the Saint Paul Academy in Saint Paul, Minnesota, earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1950 and an M.A. from Dartmouth the following year. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve during the Korean War from 1951-1954.
Frenzel served eight years in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1962-1970, prior to winning election to Congress. He was president of the Minneapolis Terminal Warehouse Co. from 1966-1970, and has officiated other corporations. He was a member of the executive committee for Hennepin County, Minnesota from 1966-1967.
Frenzel was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-second and to the nine succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1971 to January 3, 1991, and was the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, and a member of the influential Ways and Means Committee. He was a Congressional Representative to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Geneva for 15 years. Frenzel became known as an expert in budget and fiscal policy, election law, trade, taxes and congressional procedures, and was a negotiator in the 1990 budget summit. He also served as vice chairman of the Committee on House Administration, and vice chairman of the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards. He was not a candidate for renomination to the One Hundred Second Congress in 1990.
Frenzel was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, since January 1991, and was named director of the Brookings Governmental Affairs Institute on July 18, 1997. In 2001, President Bush appointed him to the Social Security Commission, and, in 2002, to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), which he chairs. He was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered, on December 20, 2004, as an advocate of President Bush's plan to privatize Social Security.
He is currently chairman of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care, the Vice Chairman of the Eurasia Foundation, Chairman of the Japan-America Society of Washington, Chairman of the U.S. Steering Committee of the Transatlantic Policy Network, Co-Chairman of the Center for Strategic Tax Reform, Co-Chairman of the Bretton Woods Committee, Co-Chairman of the Committee For A Responsible Federal Budget, a member of the Executive Committee of the Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Tax and Investment Center.
Frenzel and his wife Ruth have three daughters. In 2000, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the Emperor of Japan. In 2002, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Hamline University.