Christopher Dodd   DEMOCRAT

U.S. Senator, State of Connecticut

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Chris Dodd is Connecticut’s senior United States Senator.

Dodd got his start in public service when he entered the Peace Corps in 1966. His service sent him to the Dominican Republic where he worked with rural communities and became fluent in Spanish. When his two year commitment in the Dominican Republic was fulfilled, he enlisted in the Army and served in the reserves.

As a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Dodd has received the Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award recognizing leadership in foreign policy for his commitment to a strong national defense and his desire to build a more secure world.

Dodd's father, the late Senator Thomas J. Dodd was one of the lead prosecutors during the Nuremberg war crimes tribunals before he was elected to the United States Senate. Dodd is the youngest person ever elected to the United States Senate in Connecticut history. He is also the first Connecticut Senator popularly elected to five terms.

Dodd is a graduate of Providence College and 1972 he earned a law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law. He practiced law in New London before his election to Congress in 1974, where he served three terms in the House of Representatives on behalf of Connecticut’s Second District. He was elected to the US Senate in 1980.

Dodd was born May 27, 1944, in Willimantic, Connecticut, the fifth of six children. Senator Dodd lives in East Haddam with his wife Jackie and their daughters Grace and Christina.

Last edited by Scott Flodin on Oct. 21, 2009

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