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Christopher Dodd

"Every American deserves to live in freedom, to have his or her privacy respected and a chance to go as far as their ability and effort will take them - regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic circumstances." - Christopher Dodd

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CAMPAIGN SLOGAN: "LEADERSHIP - When America Needs It Most."
FULL NAME: Christopher John Dodd
DATE OF BIRTH: May 27, 1944
AGE: 63
SPOUSE: Jackie Marie Clegg
CHILDREN: Grace and Christina
PETS: None due to allergies 
RESIDENCE: East Haddam, CT
RELIGION: Latin Rite Catholic
FAVORITE FOOD TO COOK/EAT: Lobster, corn & tomatoes 
TALENTS: Speaks Spanish fluently
FAVORITE FITNESS ACTIVITY: Cross training, tennis, biking 
WORST HABIT: Running late
LAST MUSIC PURCHASE: Soundtrack to Jersey Boys

QUICK FACT: Chris, known as the “Children’s Senator” in Congress and named the “Senator of the Decade” by the National Head Start Association, formed the first Children’s Caucus in the Senate and spent seven years working to enact the Family and Medical Leave Act. 


Biography -

Christopher John Dodd is an American lawyer and politician from Willimantic, Connecticut and is a member of the Democratic Party. Dodd served as the U.S. Representative from Connecticut from 1975 until 1981, when he became a U.S. Senator. He has been Connecticut's senior Senator since 1989. Dodd is fluent in Spanish and is a Latin Rite Catholic. 

Dodd was born in Willimantic, Connecticut. His parents, Grace Mary Murphy and Senator Thomas Joseph Dodd were Irish-Americans; all eight of his great-grandparents were born in Ireland. Dodd attended Georgetown Preparatory School, a Jesuit boys school in Bethesda, Maryland, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Providence College in 1966. Dodd served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small rural town in the Dominican Republic until 1968, then joined the U.S. Army Reserve, where he would stay until 1975. In July 1970, he married Susan Mooney, later divorcing in late 1982. In 1972, Dodd earned a Juris Doctor at the University of Louisville, where he served as vice president of the law school's student body. The following year, he was admitted to the Connecticut bar, and began practicing law in New London. 

Dodd lives in East Haddam, when Congress is not in session, with his wife Jackie and their two daughters, Grace and Christina.  Dodd married Jackie Marie Clegg in June 1999. She held high posts at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. He is the godfather of actress/singer Christy Carlson Romano, who once interned in his office. His brother, Thomas J. Dodd Jr., is an emeritus professor of the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, and served as U.S. ambassador to Uruguay and Costa Rica under president Bill Clinton.

The Dodd Pod is the official name of Chris Dodd's Apple iPod. It is unknown when or where Dodd acquired the Pod; however, it has become a part of his quest for the Democratic nomination for President. According to a statement on the Senator's campaign website, the idea was presented to him by friends and family, who sought to provide Dodd with a 'song or message of the day.' Dodd took to the idea, as he states that he loves to use his iPod to "listen to music, books on tape, and podcasts." One unique feature of the Dodd Pod is that Dodd allows visitors to his website to submit their own requests for the playlist. The playlist is available at the official Dodd Pod page.

Dodd was part of the "Watergate class of '74" which David Gergen credited with bringing "a fresh burst of liberal energy to the Capitol." Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut's second congressional district, and reelected twice, he served from January 4, 1975 to January 3, 1981. During his tenure in the U.S. House, he served on the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Dodd was elected to the U.S. Senate in the 1980 election and was subsequently reelected in four more elections. He is the first Senator from Connecticut to serve five consecutive terms. From 1995 to 1997, he served as General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. As General Chairman, Dodd was the DNC's spokesman. Donald Fowler served as National Chairman, running the party's day to day operations.

Senator Dodd's issue positions are generally ranked left of center. His rankings from Americans for Democratic Action have been 95% and above since 2000. Similarly, Dodd receives low ratings from conservative groups, such as the John Birch Society, the American Conservative Union, and the Christian Coalition of America.

Dodd voted in favor of the Iraq War Resolution in 2002 but has since become an opponent of the war.  Dodd has said the Iraq War has been waged “for all the wrong reasons” and that it is eroding both the nation's security and its moral leadership. Dodd has criticized his congressional colleagues for failing to be more forceful in challenging President Bush's Iraq War troop surge of 2007. "This was debating about debating. This was the House and the Senate at some of its worst. ... I think we missed an opportunity to put our foot down and stop [the surge]." In May 2007, he voted in the Senate against continued funding for the Iraq war. He was the only 2008 presidential candidate to co-sponsor the Democrats' most aggressive anti-war bill.

Dodd voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and says that such agreements have "...brought increased cooperation and communication. They have been positive forces that promote political and economic stability, as well as growth and democracy." In the same article he continues, "successful efforts to achieve a Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and eventually in 2005, a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), will help further these goals. As well, the United States stands to benefit along with our neighbors from increased trade relations throughout the hemisphere."

Senator Dodd is considered left of center with respect to Latin America. His record especially with regard to the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and the Farabundo Martí rebels in El Salvador has led to conflict with Republican administrations. He is highly critical of the United States embargo against Cuba. He favors more lenient U.S. immigration laws. In January 2005, he met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in an effort to mend the strained relations between the two countries. Dodd stressed the need for closer ties, both economically and in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking. On that occasion, he said that Chávez has “demonstrated he was Venezuela’s legitimate democratically elected president by winning a national referendum (on August 15, 2004)…We know there have been problems between the two countries, but today is a new year and we are here to find out if we can begin a new relationship,” adding, “It is not worthwhile to continue speaking of what is in the past. I hope we can overcome this.”

Senator Dodd supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union between 60 and 80% of the time from 2000 to 2006. In 2004, he introduced a bill to enact a Federal Shield law. Dodd, along with Senators Patrick Leahy, Russ Feingold, and Robert Menendez introduced the "Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007", which he claims "restores Habeas Corpus rights, bars evidence gained through torture or coercion and reinstates U.S. adherence to the Geneva Conventions in order to protect the nation’s military personnel abroad." The bill is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, The Center for Victims of Torture, Open Society Institute, and Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International.

In the 108th and 109th Congress, Dodd voted against the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment intended to ban same-sex marriage in the United States.

Senator Dodd supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters between 80 and 100% of the time from 1999 to 2006. Dodd has proposed a carbon tax on corporations as a measure to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and reduce global warming.

Dodd proposes mandatory community service for all high school students. A returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in the Dominican Republic, Dodd also proposes doubling the size of the Peace Corps to 15,000 volunteers by 2011 and expanding AmeriCorps to 1 million participants . Dodd says his goal is to see 40 million people volunteering in some form by 2020.

Senator Dodd is perhaps best known for bringing attention to children’s issues. He formed the first children’s caucus in the Senate and spent almost a decade fighting to enact the Family and Medical Leave Act. He also authored legislation aimed at providing better access to safe and affordable child care. Dodd has received a 100% rating from the Children's Defense Fund each year since 2000.

Dodd was one of 16 senators who voted against the Vitter Amendment to prohibit federal funding of the confiscation of legally owned firearms during a disaster

As a senior member of the Senate committee responsible for health care, Chris Dodd has been a voice for innovation in patient care. He was instrumental in extending health insurance to 5 to 7 million of the nation’s uninsured children and has consistently fought to support community health centers and initiatives aimed at child nutrition, maternal and child health, and infant mortality prevention. He successfully led the effort to modernize the Food and Drug Administration approval process for drugs and medical devices, getting innovative therapies to patients more quickly without compromising safety and effectiveness. He authored critically important legislation to protect the mentally ill from abusive and deadly restraint and seclusion practices in mental hospitals. He continues to push for a patient’s bill of rights, which would give Americans basic assurances in their health care services and a greater right to choose their health care provider. And he is working to enact new legislation to ensure that the medicines taken by consumers are safe and effective.


Platform Issues -

Energy and the Environment:

The Dodd Energy Plan Goals:

  • Reduce 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The Dodd Plan will begin to turn back the clock on global climate change, safeguard our environment, and protect American health.

  • Enhance national security by eliminating our dependence on Middle East oil by 2015. We must end the cycle of fighting terrorists on one hand while financing their supporters on the other.

  • Strengthen our economy and create jobs. From our university labs to our farms, from manufacturing to our technology entrepreneurs, the Dodd Plan will create jobs across the economic spectrum.

(Read More Energy and the Environment.)
Foreign Affairs:

The Dodd Plan To Restore America’s Moral Authority

  • Strengthen our Alliances. As President, Chris Dodd will work to restore our alliances, rebuild international institutions to better fight the war against terrorism, and enhance America’s security while upholding our common values.

  • Diplomacy, Not More Troops in Iraq. Chris Dodd is strongly opposed to the Bush-Cheney troop surge strategy. As President, he will advance a surge of diplomacy in the region, not a surge of more troops.

  • End the War in Iraq Decisively. Chris Dodd understands that ending the war in Iraq makes America safer. He strongly supports the Feingold-Reid proposal – the only responsible measure in Congress that sets a timetable to end the war in Iraq by March 31, 2008 – and he has urged all the candidates in the presidential race to join him. It is time to stand up to the President’s misguided Iraq policy.

  • Hold America’s Allies Accountable. As President, Chris Dodd would engage key strategic countries, nations like Saudi Arabia and Russia, and call on them to support freedom and democracy in their own countries and to eliminate the conditions that export terrorism and allow our enemies to thrive.

  • Enhance and Export Energy Technology to Free America and the World From Reliance On Oil. Chris Dodd believes we need to invest in renewable energy technology that will allow America to achieve energy independence. As President, he would share that technology with our allies to end their alliances of necessity with dictators from oil-producing nations like Venezuela and Iran.

(Read More Foreign Affairs.)

A Plan For Lower Costs, Better Quality, Universal Access

  • Universal Responsibility: Ensure universal affordable quality coverage by creating a Health Care General Fund (HCGF) to serve all Americans. Then, require employers to either cover their employees or contribute to the fund. Individual Americans not covered by employers will be required to purchase insurance from the HCGF at a price based on his/her fixed percentage above poverty. With universal responsibility, no American will be turned away.

  • Assisting Small Businesses: Exempt businesses employing less than 10 workers from contributing to the HCGF. Provide federal assistance to businesses employing between 10 and 30 workers.

  • Focusing On Prevention: Integrate clinical information tools, monitoring technologies, and care management into the system, and encourage screenings, timely visits to the doctor, and early treatments that keep chronic diseases under control.

  • Building On What Works: Extend Medicaid to adults who make 100 percent above the poverty line and to children whose family’s income is up to 300 percent of the poverty line.

  • Driving Down Costs: There is enough money in the system to solve the health care crisis. We will utilize 21st century technology to give hospitals comprehensive diagnostic and treatment data, so as to avoid duplicative and unnecessary treatment and services that waste precious resources and drive up costs.

(Read More Healthcare.)

The Dodd Plan to Strengthen America’s Schools

  • Universal Pre-School: Guarantee that every 4-year-old child in this country will have access to high-quality pre-school.

  • High Standards for All: Develop and implement education standards that prepare all students for success in the global economy. States will have the capacity to voluntarily adopt these standards in exchange for increased No Child Left Behind flexibility and increased funding.

  • Better Teachers, Better Schools: Create powerful incentives for highly trained teachers to teach at schools in need of improvement. These incentives include increased salaries and free national board certification.

  • Virtual Schooling: Expand high-quality internet-based course offerings to enable public schools to supplement their course offerings of advanced or specialized subjects.

  • Make College Affordable for Every Family: Increase federal assistance to students and increase competition for lower interest rates on student loans.

(Read More Education.)
Economic Opportunity:

The Dodd Plan to Create Economic Opportunity

  • Restore Workers’ Freedom to Form Unions. Chris Dodd believes the freedom to form a union is one of our most fundamental rights. He will use the power of the presidency to ensure that the right to organize is upheld and to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.

  • Enhance the Family Medical Leave Act to Include Paid Leave. Chris Dodd knows that far too many workers who need the protections of the FMLA cannot afford to take the time off. He will guarantee at least six weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, an elderly parent or sick family member, or one’s own serious illness.

  • Increase Child Care and Elder Care Assistance. Chris Dodd will help working parents balance their commitments to work and family by making child care programs more affordable and flexible. He will also increase assistance to working Americans who care for their elderly relatives.

  • Safeguard Pension Plans from Corporate Raiding and Protect Overtime Pay. Chris Dodd will enhance federal oversight of pensions. Employees should never have to forfeit their retirement security to pay for corporations’ mistakes. Chris Dodd will also fight to guarantee workers are always compensated time-and-a-half for overtime work and prevent employers from avoiding their obligations through unfair pay period calculations.

  • Create Jobs and Bolster Training Programs in Conjunction with Implementing a Comprehensive Energy Policy. Chris Dodd will create a technical education curriculum that trains a new generation of automobile mechanics, electricians and construction workers to maintain energy-efficient goods, from cars to homes. His energy plan will create jobs at every stage, from production to maintenance.

  • Make Workplaces Safer: Chris Dodd will promote efforts to enhance safety in the workplace that all businesses can understand and comply with. He will also protect workers who have been injured on the job from unfair retaliation or loss of benefits of any kind.

  • Enforce Trade Laws at Home and Abroad. Chris Dodd will insist that every trade agreement America enters into is fair, by ensuring that workers in those countries are guaranteed fair wages, fair working conditions, and strong environmental protections. Above all, Dodd will insist U.S. trading partners open their markets to American products.

(Read More Economic Opportunity.)
Retirement Security:

The Dodd Plan to Strengthen Retirement Security

  • Protect Social Security from Privatization. Chris Dodd will never put Social Security, the cornerstone of many Americans’ retirement plans, at risk by subjecting it to the fluctuating and volatile financial markets.

  • Safeguard Pension Plans from Corporate Raiding. Chris Dodd will enhance federal oversight of pensions. Employees should never have to forfeit their retirement security to pay for the mistakes of their employers.

  • Require Medicare to Negotiate Drug Prices with Pharmaceutical Companies. Chris Dodd will ensure that Medicare harnesses the enormous purchasing power of the millions of seniors enrolled in the Part D Prescription Drug Benefit to bargain for lower drug prices.

  • Eliminate the So-Called “Doughnut Hole” in Medicare Coverage. Chris Dodd will protect seniors from any coverage gaps to alleviate the financial hardship of having to pay 100 percent of their medical bills at any point.

  • Expand Support for Long-Term and Elder Care. Chris Dodd will provide incentives and support for Americans who care for their elderly relatives. He will also require insurance companies cover eligible long-term care recipients.

  • Strengthen Home Energy Assistance. Chris Dodd will fully support programs like LIHEAP – that provides critically needed energy assistance – so that seniors never have to choose between heating their homes and paying for their food or medical bills.

(Read More Retirement Security.)


Voting Record -

For Dodd's Voting Record on issues such as Abortion, Civil Rights, Environment, Gun Control, Immigration, and more, please see:



"All Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care."

"By strengthening the economy, providing job opportunity and meeting the needs of working families, we can ensure the continued prosperity of our nation."

"Firefighters are indispensable foot soldiers here at home."

"Low-income taxpayers deserve the same rights as everyone else. It was wrong of the IRS to target low-income taxpayers, and I am please by the decision to correct this unfair practice."

"Our children are our greatest resource and Head Start grants help them reach their full potential."

"Our military should spare no expense to ensure the safety of our troops, particularly as they confront a hostile insurgency and roadside bombs throughout Iraq."

"Our seniors have worked long and hard to better the economy, raise families and serve their communities. They deserve to live independent and active lives in their golden years."

"Pell Grants are, and have been, critically important tools in making higher education a possibility for lower- and middle-income students."

"We owe it to each other - and to our children and grandchildren - to leave our planet in a better state than when we found it."

"When the public's right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered."

"Working families need to know that we will work to protect their health needs, promote the development of safe, effective medicines, and guarantee patient rights."


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