Christopher Dodd served as a United States Senator from the state of Connecticut for thirty years, after serving for six years in the House of Representatives.
As a key participant in nearly every major national policy debate over the past three decades, Senator Dodd authored major legislation in the areas of education, health, financial services, foreign policy, and election reform. He played a decisive role in crafting significant health care reform with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He was also a principal author of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, crafted in the wake of one of the worst economic downturns in history.
Throughout his years in public office, Senator Dodd worked to ensure the safety of Connecticut’s natural treasures by fighting the construction of a natural gas facility on Long Island Sound and the designation of Connecticut’s Eight Mile River as a National Wild and Scenic River. Senator Dodd is perhaps best known for bringing much-needed attention to children’s and education issues.
He formed the first children’s caucus in the Senate, authored the first child care legislation since World War II, and wrote the Family and Medical Leave Act, which has helped ensure that 100 million Americans didn’t have to choose between the jobs they need and the families they love. A former senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Dodd is a recognized expert on Latin America; he speaks Spanish fluently and lived in the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years.
Senator Dodd is the current Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.