Chris Dodd

American lawyer and politician (born 1944)

Christopher John "Chris" Dodd (born May 27, 1944) is an American lawyer, lobbyist, and Democratic Party politician. He was a United States Senator from Connecticut for thirty-years.

Chris Dodd
Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America
In office
March 17, 2011 – December 6, 2017
Preceded byDan Glickman
Succeeded byCharles Rivkin
United States Senator
from Connecticut
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byAbraham A. Ribicoff
Succeeded byRichard Blumenthal
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981
Preceded byRobert H. Steele
Succeeded bySam Gejdenson
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 20, 2001
Preceded byMitch McConnell
Succeeded byMitch McConnell
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded byMitch McConnell
Succeeded byTrent Lott
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
In office
January 4, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byRichard Shelby
Succeeded byTim Johnson
General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
In office
with Donald Fowler
Preceded byDebra DeLee
Succeeded bySteve Grossman & Roy Romer
Personal details
Christopher John Dodd

(1944-05-27) May 27, 1944 (age 80)
Willimantic, Connecticut
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Susan 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.)
WebsiteChris Dodd
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1969-1975

Early life and career


Dodd was born in Connecticut. He is a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and Providence College. His father, Thomas J. Dodd, was a United States Senator from Connecticut from 1959-1971. Chris Dodd served in the Peace Corps for two years before going to law school at the University of Louisville. While he was in law school, he was also a member of the United States Army Reserve.

Dodd won the election in 1974 to be the Representative from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district. He was reelected in 1976 and 1978. He was elected United States Senator in the elections of 1980. He was the longest-serving senator in Connecticut's history.

Dodd was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1995 to 1997. He served as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee until his retirement.[1] In 2006, Dodd decided to run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. He left the race to become President after running behind several other competitors. In January 2010, Dodd said that he would not run for re-election in the 2010 elections.[2] Dodd was replaced by Richard Blumenthal. On March 1, 2011, the Motion Picture Association of America said that Dodd will be in control of that organization.[3]


  1. Moore, Heidi (2007-11-09). "Wall Street experts invade Washington". Financial News Online US. Archived from the original on 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  2. Abrupt Dem retirements show tough landscape Associated Press; Jan 6, 2010
  3. "Chris Dodd's leading role". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-03-02.