Senator Chris Dodd (D)

Name: Christopher John Dodd

Born: May 27, 1944 in Willimantic, Connecticut; the fifth of six children

Spouse: Jackie Clegg Dodd

Children: Grace and Christina

Parents: Senator Thomas J. Dodd, (also a lead prosecutor during the Nuremberg trials) and Grace Murphy Dodd

Religion: Roman Catholic

Education: B.A. in English Literature from Providence College (1966) and a J.D. from the University of Louisville (1972)

Civil and Military Service:
Peace Corps (1966-1968)

  • Served in the Dominican Republic.
  • Gained fluency in Spanish
  • U.S. Army (1968-1975)
  • Served in the Reserves

Legislative Experience:

  • House of Representatives (CT-02). Served from January 3, 1975 to January 3, 1981.
  • First elected to the Senate in 1980.
  • Chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.
  • Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Narcotics.
  • Chairman of the Subcommittee of Education and Early Childhood Development of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
  • Member of the Rules Committee.
  • He served as General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1995-1997.