Chris Dodd

Lawyer and U.S. Senator From Connecticut
Born May 27, 1944

Christopher John "Chris" Dodd is an American lawyer, lobbyist, and Democratic Party politician who served as a United States Senator from Connecticut for a thirty-year period ending with the 111th United States Congress. Dodd is a Connecticut native and a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and Providence College. His father, Thomas J. Dodd, was one of Connecticut's United States Senators from 1959-1971.… Read More

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Chris Dodd.


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Dodd.


1944 Birth Born on May 27, 1944.


1959 15 Years Old Dodd is a Connecticut native and a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and Providence College. His father, Thomas J. Dodd, was also a United States Senator from 1959 to 1971. … Read More


1966 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Dodd attended Georgetown Preparatory School, a Jesuit boys' school in Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature from Providence College in 1966.
1970 26 Years Old In 1970, Dodd married Susan Mooney; they divorced in 1982. … Read More
1972 28 Years Old While there, he became fluent in Spanish. (Later, while in Congress, his support for language study resulted in his being awarded the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Advocacy Award in 1986.) Dodd then pursued his law degree and was awarded his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville in 1972.


1974 30 Years Old Dodd returned to Connecticut, winning election in 1974 to the United States House of Representatives from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district and was reelected in 1976 and 1978.
1975 31 Years Old 1 More Event
He also joined the United States Army Reserve, serving until 1975. … Read More
1980 36 Years Old 1 More Event
He was elected United States Senator in the elections of 1980, and is the longest-serving senator in Connecticut's history. … Read More


1990 46 Years Old …  For his work on behalf of children and families, the National Head Start association named him "Senator of the Decade" in 1990.


1999 55 Years Old In 1999, Dodd married Jackie Marie Clegg, a native of Orem, Utah, former longtime aide to Senator Jake Garn, Republican of Utah, and former official at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. … Read More
2002 58 Years Old …  After Downe's pardon, Dodd bought out the interests of his partner for a price allegedly based on a 2002 bank appraisal of the Roundstone home, which yielded little profit for Dodd's partner. … Read More
2003 59 Years Old Condé Nast Portfolio reported allegations that in 2003 Dodd had refinanced the mortgages on his homes in Washington, D.C. and Connecticut through Countrywide Financial and had received favorable terms due to being placed in the "Friends of Angelo" VIP program, so named for Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo. … Read More


2004 60 Years Old Dodd briefly considered running for President in 2004, but ultimately decided against such a campaign and endorsed fellow Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman. … Read More
2006 62 Years Old In 2006, Dodd decided to run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, but eventually withdrew after running behind several other competitors. … Read More
On January 11, 2007, Dodd announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United States on the Imus in the Morning show.
Dodd dropped out of the primary race on the night of the January 3, 2008 Iowa caucuses after placing seventh with almost all precincts reporting, even though he had recently moved from his home state to Iowa for the campaign. … Read More
In February 2009, Kevin Rennie, a columnist at the Hartford Courant, ran an op-ed concerning Dodd's acquisition of his vacation home in Roundstone, Ireland.
2014 70 Years Old In 2014, Dodd received The Media Institute's Freedom of Speech Award.
2016 72 Years Old In 2016, Dodd received the Brass Ring Award from the United Friends of the Children, a Los Angeles charitable organization, in recognition of his work on behalf of children while in the Senate.
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.