Chris Dodd

U.S. Senator / Political Figure

Born: 27 May 1944
Birthplace: Willimantic, Connecticut
Best known as: Democratic senator from Connecticut, 1981-present
Democrat Chris Dodd has been a United States senator from Connecticut since 1981. The son of Thomas J. Dodd, a U.S. senator throughout the 1960s, young Dodd served two years in the Peace Corps after graduating from Providence College in 1966. He went to the University of Louisville School of Law while serving in the Army Reserves, then practiced law for a couple of years before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974. After three terms he was elected in 1980 to the Senate, where he's been ever since. During his tenure there his most notable achievements came in the areas of family law, education, banking and Central American foreign relations. A one-time presidential hopeful (he made an aborted attempt for the party nomination in the 2008 race), Dodd's recent years have been clouded by controversies surrounding his close ties to the financial industry while serving as Chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. He announced in 2009 that he would not seek re-election in 2010.
Extra credit: While in the Peace Corps (1966-68), Dodd was in the Dominican Republic.

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