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Chris Dodd

Personal data
Date of birthMay 27, 1944(age 72)
Place of birthWillimantic, Connecticut
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic Party
SpouseSusan Mooney (1970-1982)
Jackie Marie Clegg (1999-present)
ChildrenGrace Dodd
Christina Dodd
ResidenceEast Haddam, Connecticut
Alma materProvidence College (B.A.)
University of Louisville (J.D.)
OccupationAttorney
ReligionRoman Catholic
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1969-1975
Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America
Assumed officeMarch 17, 2011
Preceded byDan Glickman
In officeJanuary 3, 1981 - January 3, 2011
Succeeded byRichard Blumenthal
Preceded byAbraham A. Ribicoff
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut's 2nd district
In officeJanuary 3, 1975 - January 3, 1981
Succeeded bySam Gejdenson
Preceded byRobert H. Steele
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
In officeJanuary 3, 2001 - January 20, 2001
Succeeded byMitch McConnell
Preceded byMitch McConnell
In officeJune 6, 2001 - January 3, 2003
Succeeded byTrent Lott
Preceded byMitch McConnell
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
In officeJanuary 4, 2007 - January 3, 2011
Succeeded byTim Johnson
Preceded byRichard Shelby
General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
In office1995 - 1997
Succeeded byRoy Romer
Preceded byDebra DeLee

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Christopher John "Chris" Dodd (born May 27, 1944) 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. Chris Dodd served in the Peace Corps for two years prior to entering law school at the University of Louisville, and during law school concurrently served in the United States Army Reserve.

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. He was elected United States Senator in the elections of 1980, and was the longest-serving senator in Connecticut's history.

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. 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. In January 2010, Dodd announced that he would not run for re-election in the 2010 midterm elections. Dodd was succeeded by Richard Blumenthal. On March 1, 2011, the Motion Picture Association of America announced that Dodd will head that organization.


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