Chris Dodd
American lawyer and U.S. Senator from Connecticut
Chris Dodd
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.
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MPAA President Chris Dodd joins Hollywood chorus against Trump immigration policy
LATimes - 23 days
Chris Dodd, the former Democratic senator from Connecticut who heads the Motion Picture Assn. of America, has joined the Hollywood chorus of disapproval against President Trump’s recent executive order that temporarily suspends  travel from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and...
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MPAA Praises Obama’s Move to Advance Trans-Pacific Partnership
Yahoo News - 6 months
MPAA chairman Chris Dodd praised the latest move by the White House to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership, even as the future of the massive trade pact is clouded by opposition in the presidential race. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump oppose the TPP, an agreement between 11 countries and the United States that essentially creates... Read more »
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United Friends of the Children to Honor Senator Christopher Dodd and Polly Williams at the Brass Ring Awards Dinner on June 6, 2016
Yahoo News - 9 months
LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sen. Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. and Polly Williams, former President and CEO of United Friends of the Children, will be honored at United Friends of the Children's 13th Annual Brass Ring Awards Dinner, on June 6 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. United Friends of the Children (UFC) is guided by the vision to change the face of foster care in Los Angeles with a goal that the youth in their housing and education programs not only survive, but thrive.
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Popular movie-streaming site PopcornTime.io is no more. Thanks, courts!
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Popcorn Time, the popular open-source project that beautified the process of stealing  watching first-run movies and TV shows for free, will soon become a bit harder to find if overseas justice systems have their way. Variety reports that a popular derivative of Popcorn Time, popcorntime.io, has been shut down in accordance with court decisions in New Zealand and Canada. The development follows weeks of sporadic popcorntime.io uptime. Staff initially blamed the problem on infrastructure and a domain registrar, but law enforcement now appears to have been the culprit. The shutdown was part of a “coordinated legal action” by the Motion Picture Association of America and several “international affiliates” to take down services perceived as infringing copyright, said MPAA chairman Chris Dodd in a statement. “Popcorn Time … [exists] for one clear reason: to distribute stolen copies of the latest motion picture and television shows without compensating the people who worked so hard to make t ...
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The Banking Industry's Transparent Attempt to Weaken the CFPB
Huffington Post - over 1 year
You'll never guess who's going around Washington, trolling the halls of Congress, talking about the importance of protecting the long-term health of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The banking industry. That's right: After years of trying to kill, then delay, and then defang the agency, the banking industry and their Republican friends in Congress have launched a new effort to attract Democratic support for their latest attack by claiming that they just want to help the agency and the consumers it protects. Surely Democrats will not be taken in by yet another attempt to weaken the CFPB. The latest industry-sponsored bill would fundamentally change the structure of the CFPB by replacing the agency's single, independent director with a commission of political appointees. The banks can't point to any difficulties with the agency's operations. In fact, the CFPB has been operating for only four years, but the success of the single-director structure is already apparen ...
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The Banking Industry's Transparent Attempt to Weaken the CFPB
Huffington Post - over 1 year
You'll never guess who's going around Washington, trolling the halls of Congress, talking about the importance of protecting the long-term health of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The banking industry. That's right: After years of trying to kill, then delay, and then defang the agency, the banking industry and their Republican friends in Congress have launched a new effort to attract Democratic support for their latest attack by claiming that they just want to help the agency and the consumers it protects. Surely Democrats will not be taken in by yet another attempt to weaken the CFPB. The latest industry-sponsored bill would fundamentally change the structure of the CFPB by replacing the agency's single, independent director with a commission of political appointees. The banks can't point to any difficulties with the agency's operations. In fact, the CFPB has been operating for only four years, but the success of the single-director structure is already apparen ...
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JAZZ MATTERS: Chris Ingham’s weekly jazz round up
Bury Free Press - about 3 years
Chris Ingham gives the lowdown on the best jazz gigs around the region this week – Friday, January 31 to Friday, February 7. Friday, January 31 – SUE RICHARDSON QUINTET: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £16. Details: fleecejazz.org.uk) A Chet Baker-oriented set led by the appealing trumpeter/singer Sue Richardson plus special guest Karen Sharp (saxophone) and Neal Richardson (piano), George Trebar (bass) and Rod Youngs (drums). Saturday, February 1 – JAZZ AT THE MOVIES: (Six Bells, Fulbourn, Cambs, 8pm, £9. Tickets 01223 880778) Silver screen ditties given a jazz spin, featuring Jo Eden (vocal), Frank Griffith (tenor/clarinet), Chris Ingham (piano), Dave Olney (bass) and George Double (drums). Sunday, February 2 – CHRIS INGHAM TRIO: (Fludyer Arms, Felixstowe, 7.30pm, free) House pianist at the Hunter Club gets to lead his own trio set of standards and jazz classics, featuring a tune or two from his forthcoming album Hoagy in the company of the Fludyer regulars Rob Palmer (bass) and ...
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MPAA's Chris Dodd earned $3.3 million in 2012
LATimes - over 3 years
It was a rough year for the Motion Picture Assn. of America in 2012, but not for its chief executive.
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Why Hillary Clinton Should Not Be The Democratic Presidential Nominee
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The biggest problem in the U.S. now is corruption. The public know this, and are therefore unprecedentedly cynical about their government; they (as will soon be documented here from a Gallup survey) overwhelmingly view our government as being corrupt. However, conservatives accept corruption as the natural order of things, something that must simply be accepted, because the rich have the most property to protect and therefore (in the view of conservatives) the rich have the right to rule so as to protect their property (since they have the most of it). Furthermore, conservatives think that the rich have earned their wealth by selling what people want, and have therefore already proven their superiority -- they've earned their control over the government. In the view of conservatives, poor people have the least property to protect, and should therefore have the least say in government. The poor are also failures economically; nobody wants to be poor; and so conservatives are doubly favor ...
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How a U.S. Senator Can Avoid "The Senate Curse" and Get Elected to the Presidency
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Between 1960 and 2008, 50 U.S. Senators sought the Presidency and lost. U.S. Senator Barack Obama broke the nearly half-century "Senate Curse" in 2008 by wining the Presidency. The Senate is an interesting place in that so many members try to use it as a launching pad to run for President, yet so few achieve success. A litany of graybeard U.S. Senators from Henry "Scoop" Jackson to Richard Lugar and Howard Baker failed to convince voters that their long Senate record and legislative accomplishments were causes belie for voters to elect them to the Presidency. Yet in 2008, Barack Obama was able to break the curse. The best way for a Senator to get elected President is to use the title of "Senator" to create a national profile outside of the Senate Chamber, not inside it. Rather than hunkering down and learning legislative minutia and crafting legislation in committee, Obama used his seat to raise his profile. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Obama earned a seat on the Senate ...
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Marlo Thomas: The Women Who Saved the Country
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
There's an old saying I learned during the early days of the feminist movement about women working together toward a common goal: "One is a pest, two is a team, three is a coalition." I've always liked that comment because it speaks directly to what I believe most deeply about women: that there's safety -- and power -- in numbers. This solidarity was on full display during the final days of the government shutdown. As the New York Times first reported on October 14, the stubborn logjam was finally broken when a group of women Senators decided enough was enough and spearheaded the compromise that got the ball rolling. Those women were, among others: Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D, MD), Sen. Susan Collins (R, ME), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D, MO), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R, AK), Sen. Patty Murray (D, WA) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R, NH), So how did the minority gender of the U.S. Senate -- 20 out of 100 senators -- manage to knock some sense into the heads of their more obstructionist male ...
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Leibovich's <i>This Town</i>: The Tittle-Tattle Flibbertigibbet Musing of a Fashionisto Political Reporter in the Washington Beltway
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The must read book of the summer was Mark Leibovich's This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral -- plus plenty of valet parking! -- in America's Gilded Capital. This Town is tittle-tattle, the flibbertigibbet musings of a fashionisto political reporter covering the Washington beltway. Think of it as a wannabe "true-life" rendering of Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing. Does this qualify as political analysis? Not! But if the scandalmongering of today's political events makes us yearn for The West Wing to the extent that the simulacrum becomes our perceived reality, then, This Town stokes like "Big Blue" crystal meth. Leibovich's tale is a bestseller about the lifestyles of the rich and/or famous masquerading as our political leaders. The politics are driven by testosterone. Equal rights may have permeated the American mindset, but in Washington men still prevail. There's a frat-boy quality, a gin-room feel, to "The Club." And yes, Leibovich and his cohorts, our Washington political journ ...
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Chris Dodd: It's Common Sense to Come Together for Our Kids
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
When we served together in the Senate, we found ourselves on different sides of a variety of issues. But when it came to common-sense measures that benefitted our country and our citizens, we pulled together. We were proud to cosponsor the Organ Donation and Recovery Improvement Act because we knew its reforms would help save thousands of lives in America. Today, we're pulling together to support another common sense measure -- early education for all children in America. There is little debate that education is key to a child's future success, or that it is key to our global competitiveness as a nation. But one of the most overlooked ways to improving educational opportunities in America is reaching kids early enough. Two out five children in America have had no preschool or kindergarten education by age 5. When these children do enter school, many are already behind their peers. As science has clearly shown in recent years, most brain development is complete w ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Dodd
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 71
    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.
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  • 2014
    Age 69
    In 2014, Dodd received The Media Institute's Freedom of Speech Award.
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  • 2009
    Age 64
    On August 7, 2009, a Senate ethics panel issued its decision on the controversy.
    More Details Hide Details The Select Committee on Ethics said it found "no credible evidence" that Dodd knowingly sought out a special loan or treatment because of his position, but the panel also said in an open letter to Dodd that the lawmaker should have questioned why he was being put in the "Friends of Angelo" VIP program at Countrywide: "Once you became aware that your loans were in fact being handled through a program with the name 'V.I.P.,' that should have raised red flags for you."
    On July 31, 2009, Dodd announced he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer; his aides said that it was at an early, treatable stage and Dodd would undergo surgery during the Senate August recess.
    More Details Hide Details The surgery, held at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, was successful.
    In June 2009, Dodd provided a new statement to the Senate reporting the actual value of his Irish property at $658,000.
    More Details Hide Details The Wall Street Journal later compared this issue to the ethical charges which led to the political demise of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. From the fall of 2008 through early 2009, the United States government spent nearly $170 Billion to assist failing insurance giant, AIG. AIG then spent $165 million of this money to hand out executive "retention" bonuses to its top executives. Public outrage ensued over this perceived misuse of taxpayer dollars. The Fox Business Network's Rich Edson broke the story claiming Dodd was responsible for the inclusion of a clause limiting excessive executive pay in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. On February 14, 2009, the Wall Street Journal published an article, Bankers Face Strict New Pay Cap, discussing a retroactive limit to bonus compensation inserted by Chris Dodd into the stimulus bill that passed in the Senate. The same article went on to mention that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers "had called Sen. Dodd and asked him to reconsider".
    Dodd announced on June 22, 2009, that he supports same-sex marriage.
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    In May 2009, Dodd was the author and lead sponsor of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on May 22, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The law requires card companies give cardholders 45 days notice of any interest rate increases, prevents card companies from retroactively increasing interest rates on the existing balance of a cardholder in good standing for reasons unrelated to the cardholder's behavior with that card, and prohibits card companies from arbitrarily changing the terms of their contract with a cardholder, banning the so-called practice of "any-time, any-reason repricing." Also included in the bill were provisions requiring companies to give cardholders time to pay their bills by requiring card companies to mail billing statements 25 calendar days before the due date and individuals under the age of 21 to either show income or have a co-signer in order to obtain a credit card. In a conference call with reporters after the bill was signed, Dodd stated his intention to continue work on capping credit card interest rates at thirty percent and to establish limits on fees that merchants pay when a customer uses a credit card for a purchase.
    Dodd is credited with inserting the last-minute pay limit into American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The pay restrictions included prohibition of bonuses in excess of one-third of total salary for any company receiving any money from the plan and was retroactive to companies that received funds under Troubled Assets Relief Program. Fortune magazine however, panned this provision as likely to "drive the craftiest financial minds away from the most troubled institutions". This article also pointed out the Dodd bill delegated to the Treasury Secretary the right to approve appropriate restaurants for client entertainment.
    On March 30, 2009, it was reported that former AIG Financial Products head Joseph Cassano personally solicited contributions from his employees in Connecticut via an e-mail in fall 2006 suggesting that the contributions were related to Dodd's ascension to the chairmanship of the Senate Banking Committee.
    More Details Hide Details Dodd has supported amending the Family and Medical Leave Act, which he authored in 1993, to include paid leave, and a corporate carbon tax to combat global warming.
    On May 3, 2009, the Courant reported Dodd's wife served on a number of corporate boards, including the CME Group and could be earning as much as $500,000 annually for her service on said boards.
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    Dodd retreated from his original statement that he did not know how the amendment was changed. Dodd was criticized by many in the Connecticut media for the apparent flip-flop. In a March 20, 2009 editorial the New Haven Register called Dodd "a lying weasel" The same day, Hartford Courant columnist Rick Green called on Dodd not to seek re-election in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The Hill.com described Dodd as "reeling" from the controversy and having "stepped in it" after changing his story as to the bonus amendment. At a press conference in Enfield, Connecticut, on Friday, March 20, Dodd responded to critics and explained that his original answer to a CNN answer was based on a misunderstanding of the question. He also said he was disappointed that the Treasury officials who asked him to make the legislative changes had not identified themselves, refusing to confirm the actual identity of the individuals responsible for changing the amendment. The Manchester Journal Inquirer suggested that "Chris Dodd's explaining may have only begun". Opensecrets.org reports Dodd has received over $223,000 from AIG employees, many of whom were Connecticut residents, for his recent campaigns. Additionally, it has recently been revealed that Dodd's wife is a former Director for Bermuda-based IPC Holdings, a company controlled by AIG. She held this position before she married him.
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 63
    In 2008, Dodd received the Washington Office on Latin America's Human Rights Award.
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    He had opposed gay marriage in the 2008 election, but stated that his daughters are growing up in a different generation than his and that his views have evolved over time. Same-sex couples have been able to marry in Connecticut since November 12, 2008, following the Connecticut Supreme Court's ruling. In April 2009, the legislature overwhelmingly passed and Governor Jodi Rell signed a bill making all references to marriage in law gender neutral.
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    As part of Dodd's overall mortgage bill the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 before Congress in the summer of 2008, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson sought provisions enabling the Treasury to add additional capital and regulatory oversight over these government-sponsored enterprises.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, it was estimated that the federal government would need to spend $25 billion on a bailout of the firms. During this period, Dodd denied rumors these firms were in financial crisis. He called the firms "fundamentally strong", said they were in "sound situation" and "in good shape" and to "suggest they are in major trouble is not accurate." In early September, after the firms continued to report huge losses, Secretary Paulson announced a federal takeover of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Dodd expressed skepticism of the action, which the Treasury estimated could cost as much as $200 billion. Dodd is the number one recipient in Congress of campaign funds from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
    Dodd was involved in issues related to the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.
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    On June 17, 2008, Dodd met twice with reporters and gave accounts of his mortgages with Countrywide.
    More Details Hide Details He admitted to reporters in Washington, D.C. that he knew as of 2003 that he was in a VIP program, but claimed it was due to being a longtime Countrywide customer, not due to his political position. He omitted this detail in a press availability to Connecticut media. On July 30, 2009, Dodd responded to news reports about his mortgages by releasing information from the Wall Street Journal showing that both mortgages he received were in line with those being offered to general public in fall 2003 in terms of points and interest rate.
    In his role as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee Dodd proposed a program in June 2008 that would assist troubled sub-prime mortgage lenders such as Countrywide Financial in the wake of the United States housing bubble's collapse.
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    Dodd later said he was not interested in running for Vice President or Senate Majority Leader. Dodd endorsed former rival Barack Obama on February 26, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2011, despite "repeatedly and categorically insisting that he would not work as a lobbyist," Dodd replaced Dan Glickman as chairman of and chief lobbyist for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). On January 17, 2012, Dodd released a statement criticizing "the so-called 'Blackout Day' protesting anti-piracy legislation." Referring to the websites participating in the blackout, Dodd said, "It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power... when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests." In further comments, Dodd threatened to cut off campaign contributions to politicians who did not support PIPA and SOPA, legislation supported by the MPAA.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Among eight major candidates for the nomination Dodd, even with later states where he was on the ballot after withdrawal, won last place by popular vote in primary (after Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Dennis Kucinich, Joe Biden and Mike Gravel, also including uncommitted delegates and scattering votes). He won a total of 25,252 votes in delegates primaries and 9,940 in penalized contests.
  • 2007
    Age 62
    However, his prospects did not improve; a November 7, 2007 Gallup poll placed him at 1%.
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    On January 19, 2007, Dodd made a formal announcement with supporters at the Old State House in Hartford.
    More Details Hide Details The watchdog group opensecrets.org pointed out that the Dodd campaign was heavily funded by the financial services industry, which is regulated by committees Dodd chairs in the Senate. In May, he trailed in state and national polls and acknowledged he wasn't keeping pace with rival campaigns' fund raising. However, he said that as more voters became aware of his opposition to the Iraq War, they would support his campaign.
    On January 11, 2007, Dodd announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United States on the Imus in the Morning show.
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  • 2006
    Age 61
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2010, Dodd announced that he would not run for re-election. Dodd was succeeded by fellow Democrat Richard Blumenthal. On March 1, 2011, the Motion Picture Association of America announced that Dodd will head that organization. Dodd was born in Willimantic, Connecticut. His parents were Grace Mary Dodd (née Murphy) and U.S. Senator Thomas Joseph Dodd; all eight of his great-grandparents were born in Ireland. He is the fifth of six children; his eldest brother, Thomas J. Dodd, Jr., is a professor emeritus of the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, and served as the U.S. ambassador to Uruguay and Costa Rica under President Bill Clinton.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 59
    Dodd briefly considered running for President in 2004, but ultimately decided against such a campaign and endorsed fellow Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.
    More Details Hide Details He then was considered as a likely running mate for his friend, eventual Democratic nominee John Kerry. He was also considered a possible candidate for replacing Daschle as Senate Minority Leader in the 109th Congress, but he declined, and that position was instead filled by Harry Reid.
  • 2003
    Age 58
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Dodd received mortgages from Countrywide at allegedly below-market rates on his Washington, D.C. and Connecticut homes. Dodd had not disclosed the below-market mortgages in any of six financial disclosure statements he filed with the Senate or Office of Government Ethics since obtaining the mortgages in 2003. Dodd's press secretary said "The Dodds received a competitive rate on their loans", and that they "did not seek or anticipate any special treatment, and they were not aware of any", then declined further comment. The Hartford Courant reported Dodd had taken "a major credibility hit" from the scandal. At the same time, the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Kent Conrad and the head of Fannie Mae Jim Johnson received mortgages on favorable terms due to their association with Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo. The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and two Connecticut papers have demanded further disclosure from Dodd regarding the Mozilo loans.
  • 2002
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rennie criticized Dodd for claiming the Roundstone home was worth less than $250,000 in Senate ethics filings; some observers estimated the likely value in excess of $1 million USD.
  • 1999
    Age 54
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage joined Dodd's family of Eastern Catholic Democrats with Clegg's family of LDS (Mormon) Republicans from the Utah Valley. The couple has two daughters, Grace (born September 2001) and Christina Dodd (born May 2005). Dodd was raised as a Catholic and attends mass. In 2007, Dodd stated that his Catholic faith taught him to "to promote the common good" and "do everything possible to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable." Dodd also credited his Catholic background with his decision to join the Peace Corps. Dodd's two children were baptized in the Catholic tradition and blessed in the Mormon tradition. He made a brief cameo appearance as himself in the political satire film Dave (1993).
  • FORTIES
  • 1990
    Age 45
    For his work on behalf of children and families, the National Head Start association named him "Senator of the Decade" in 1990.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 35
    Dodd was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980, and was subsequently reelected in 1986, 1992, 1998, and 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He is the first senator from Connecticut to serve five consecutive terms. Facing a competitive reelection bid for his Senate seat in 2010 and trailing against both of his likely Republican challengers in public opinion polling, Dodd announced in January 2010 that he would not seek re-election for a sixth term in the Senate. Polls of Connecticut voters in 2008 and 2009 had consistently suggested Dodd would have difficulty winning re-election, with 46% viewing his job performance as fair or poor and a majority stating they would vote to replace Dodd in the 2010 election. During the 1994 elections, the Republicans won the majority in both houses of Congress. Dodd therefore entered the minority for the second time in his Senate career. He ran for the now vacant position of Senate Minority Leader, but was defeated by South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle by one vote. The vote was tied 23–23, and it was Colorado Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell who cast the deciding vote by absentee ballot in favor of Daschle.
    He was elected United States Senator in the elections of 1980, and is the longest-serving senator in Connecticut's history.
    More Details Hide Details Dodd served as general chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1995 to 1997. He served as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee until his retirement.
  • 1975
    Age 30
    Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district and reelected twice, he served from January 4, 1975 to January 3, 1981.
    More Details Hide Details During his tenure in the House, he served on the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations.
    He also joined the United States Army Reserve, serving until 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Dodd was part of the "Watergate class of '74" which CNN pundit David Gergen credited with bringing "a fresh burst of liberal energy to the Capitol."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1970
    Age 25
    In 1970, Dodd married Susan Mooney; they divorced in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards, he dated at different times Bianca Jagger and Carrie Fisher, among others.
  • 1966
    Age 21
    He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small rural town in the Dominican Republic from 1966 to 1968.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1959
    Age 14
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Chris Dodd served in the Peace Corps for two years prior to entering the University of Louisville School of Law, and during law school concurrently served in the United States Army Reserve.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on May 27, 1944.
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