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Christopher John Dodd Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Incumbent Assumed office January 4, 2007 Preceded by Richard Shelby

General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee In office 1995 – 1997 Preceded by Succeeded by Born Nationality United States Senator from Connecticut Incumbent Assumed office January 5, 1981 Serving with Joe Lieberman Preceded by Abraham A. Ribicoff Political party Spouse Children Residence Alma mater Occupation Website Debra DeLee Donald Fowler May 27, 1944 (1944-05-27) Willimantic, Connecticut American Democratic Jackie Marie Clegg Grace Dodd Christina Dodd East Haddam, Connecticut Providence College University of Louisville attorney Chris Dodd

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut’s 2nd district In office January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981 Preceded by Succeeded by Robert H. Steele Sam Gejdenson

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration In office January 3 – January 20, 2001 Preceded by Succeeded by Mitch McConnell Mitch McConnell

In office June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003 Preceded by Succeeded by Mitch McConnell Trent Lott

Christopher John "Chris" Dodd (born May 27, 1944) is an American lawyer and Democratic politician currently serving as the senior U.S. Senator from Connecticut. Dodd served as a U.S. Representative from Connecticut from 1975 until 1981, when he became a Senator. He served as general chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1995 to 1997. He is now the state’s senior Senator. He currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.[1] Currently Dodd is the longest-serving Senator in Connecticut’s history, the 10th most senior of current Senators and one of three from the 1980 freshman class who are still serving (the others are Arlen Specter and Chuck Grassley).[2]


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House, he served on the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations.

Early life and education
Dodd was born in Willimantic, Connecticut. His parents were Grace Mary Dodd (née Murphy) and U.S. Senator Thomas Joseph Dodd; all eight of his great-grandparents were born in Ireland.[3] He is the fifth of six children;[4] his eldest brother, Thomas J. Dodd Jr., is a professor emeritus of the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, and served as the U.S. ambassador to Uruguay and Costa Rica under President Bill Clinton. Dodd attended Georgetown Preparatory School, a Jesuit boys’ school in Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Providence College in 1966. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small rural town in the Dominican Republic from 1966 to 1968. While there, he became fluent in Spanish.[5] Dodd then joined the United States Army Reserve, serving until 1975. In 1972, Dodd earned a Juris Doctor at the University of Louisville, where he served as vice magistrate of the law school’s student body. The following year, he was admitted to the Connecticut bar, and began practicing law in New London. In July 1970, Dodd married Susan Mooney; they divorced in October 1982. Afterwards, he dated at different times Bianca Jagger and Carrie Fisher, among others.[6] In 1999, he married his second wife, Jackie Marie Clegg, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The couple has two daughters, Grace (born September 2001) and Christina Dodd (born May 2005). Dodd is also the godfather of singer/actress Christy Carlson Romano, who once interned in his office. In 2003, Dodd made headlines after rushing to the aid of a young boy as he was nearly struck by a moving vehicle. Dodd lives in East Haddam, Connecticut when Congress is not in session. He also owns a vacation home in Connemara, Ireland. Dodd was part of the "Watergate class of ’74" which CNN pundit David Gergen credited with bringing "a fresh burst of liberal energy to the Capitol."[7] Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district and reelected twice, he served from January 4, 1975 to January 3, 1981. During his tenure in the

U.S. Senator
Dodd was elected to the Senate in the 1980 election and was subsequently reelected in the 1986, 1992, 1998, and 2004 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. Dodd has also involved himself in children’s and family issues, founding the first Senate Children’s Caucus[8] and authoring the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA),[9] which guarantees employees unpaid leave in the event of illness, a sick family member, or the birth or adoption of a child. To date, more than 50 million employees have taken advantage of FMLA protections. He is currently working to support a bill that would provide paid family and medical leave. For his work on behalf of children and families, the National Head Start association named him “Senator of the Decade” in 1990.[9] During the 1994 elections, the Republicans won the majority in both houses of Congress. Dodd therefore entered the minority for the second time in his Senate career. He ran for the now vacant position of Senate Minority Leader, but was defeated by South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle by one vote. The vote was tied 23-23, and it was Colorado Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell who cast the deciding vote by absentee ballot in favor of Daschle. Shortly after that, Campbell switched parties and became a Republican. Dodd briefly considered running for President in 2004, but ultimately decided against such a campaign and endorsed fellow U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman. He then was considered as a likely running mate for his friend, eventual Democratic nominee John Kerry. He was also considered a possible candidate for replacing Tom Daschle as Senate Minority Leader in the 109th Congress, but he declined, and that position was instead filled by Harry Reid. Dodd announced in a letter to the Federal Election Commission that he was no longer a candidate for the Senate in 2010,[10] although this action was likely done so he


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Simmons by 16 points and also trailing other possible Republican opponents [16]

2008 Presidential campaign

Dodd speaking on the campaign trail, January 2007. On January 11, 2007, Dodd announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United States on the Imus in the Morning show. On January 19, 2007, Dodd made a formal announcement with supporters at the Old State House in Hartford. The watchdog group pointed out that the Dodd campaign was heavily funded by the financial services industry, which is regulated by committees Dodd chairs in the Senate.[17][18] In May, he trailed in state and national polls and acknowledged he wasn’t keeping pace with rival campaigns’ fund raising. However, he said that as more voters became aware of his opposition to the Iraq War, they would support his campaign.[19] However, his prospects did not improve; a November 7, 2007 Gallup poll placed him at 1%.[20] Dodd dropped out of the primary race on the night of the January 3, 2008 Iowa caucuses after placing seventh with almost all precincts reporting.[2] Among eight major candidates for the nomination Dodd, even with later states where he was on the ballot after withdrawal, won last place by popular vote in primary (after Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Dennis Kucinich, Joe Biden and Mike Gravel, also including uncommitted delegates and scattering votes).[21] He won a total of 25,252 votes in delegates primaries and 9,940 in penalized contests.

Senator Dodd giving a speech at Naval Submarine Base New London, July 1985. could transfer funds from his re-election bid to his presidential campaign, and not to signal that he would not run for re-election. A 2008 poll of Connecticut voters suggested Dodd would have difficulty winning reelection in 2010, with 46% viewing his job performance as fair or poor. A 2009 poll by Quinnipiac University found a majority of Connecticut voters would vote to replace Dodd in the 2010 election. [11] In March 2009 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Susan Bysiewicz was quoted in the Yale Daily News suggesting Dodd’s yet unannounced re-election bid could be a drag on the fortunes of other Connecticut Democrats in the 2010 election [12] A poll that month taken by Quinnipiac showed Dodd trailing possible Republican opponent Rob Simmons for re-election in 2010, although another poll taken less than a week later showed Dodd leading Simmons 45-40. [13][14] On March 15, 2009, Simmons announced he was running for the Senate. [15] An April 2009 Quinnipiac poll showed Dodd losing to


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Dodd later said he was not interested in running for Vice President or Senate Majority Leader.[22] Dodd endorsed former rival Barack Obama on February 26, 2008.[23]

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that he was in a VIP program, but claimed it was due to being a good customer, not due to his political position. He omitted this detail in a press availability to Connecticut media.[34] The top recipient of insurance industry contributions was Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT).[35] The leading contributor from the insurance industry — as measured by total political contributions — was AFLAC, Inc., which contributed $907,150 in 2007.[36] Countrywide has also contributed a total of $21,000 to Dodd’s campaigns since 1997. Dodd has received approximately $70,000 in campaign contributions from Bank of America, which is buying Countrywide, in the last year-and-a-half before the Countrywide Financial loan scandal broke.[37] Only then-Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have received more money from Bank of America than Dodd with Senator John McCain slightly trailing him at $64,000. [37] However, no American politician has received more contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac than Dodd’s combined $133,900.[38] On June 20, 2008, the Heritage Foundation alleged staffers from Bank of America had drafted Dodd’s housing bailout bill (FHA Housing Stabilization and Homeownership Retention Act of 2008) in March 2008, before it was introduced in the Senate.[39] The Los Angeles Times also reported on this story on June 21.[40] On June 19, Dodd told the Danbury NewsTimes "I don’t believe I did anything wrong."[41] The state’s leading newspaper, The Hartford Courant however concluded Dodd was negligent in accepting the Countrywide mortgage and suggested it was time "Dodd got off his high horse, came clean and admit he screwed up."[42] A New York Times editorial the same day accused Dodd and fellow Senator Kent Conrad of being painfully out of touch regarding the "Friends of Angelo" loans.[43] Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has called for House and Senate to investigate Senators Dodd and Conrad.[44] In a Connecticut public appearance in October 2008, Dodd again refused to release his Countrywide loan documents[45] and suggested the press was inappropriately placing blame for the mortgage crisis. An October 21, 2008 editorial in the New York Times sharply criticised Dodd’s failure to produce his loan documents, stating "his excuses are wearing ridiculously thin."[46]

Countrywide Financial loan controversy
Further information: Countrywide financial political loan scandal As Dodd in his role as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee proposed a housing bailout to the Senate floor in June 2008 that would assist troubled subprime mortgage lenders such as Countrywide Financial in the wake of the United States housing bubble’s collapse,[24] Condé Nast Portfolio reported that in 2003 Dodd had refinanced the mortgages on his homes in Washington, D.C. and Connecticut through Countrywide Financial and had received favorable terms due to being placed in a "Friends of Angelo" program. Dodd received mortgages from Countrywide at allegedly below-market rates on his Washington, D.C. and Connecticut homes.[24] Dodd has not disclosed the below-market mortgages in any of six financial disclosure statements he filed with the Senate or Office of Government Ethics since obtaining the mortgages in 2003.[25] Dodd’s press secretary said the "Dodds received a competitive rate on their loans", and that they "did not seek or anticipate any special treatment, and they were not aware of any", then declined further comment.[26] Republican State Chairman Chris Healy stated that "Dodd has crossed the ethics line by obtaining two generous mortgage deals with a company that is the corporate poster-child for the national subprime lending meltdown."[27] The Hartford Courant reported Dodd had taken "a major credibility hit" from the scandal.[28] The Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Kent Conrad and the head of Fannie Mae Jim Johnson received mortgages on favorable terms due to their association with Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo.[29] The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and two Connecticut papers have demanded further disclosure from Dodd regarding the Mozilo loans.[30][31][32][33] On June 17, 2008, Dodd met twice with reporters and gave accounts of his mortgages with Countrywide. He admitted to reporters in Washington, D.C. that he knew as of 2003


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An October 2008 poll taken by UConn confirmed the Countrywide controversy had seriously damaged Dodd’s image in Connecticut, as 42% of voters approved of his job performance, while 48% disapproved.[47] On February 2, 2009 Dodd held a press conference in Hartford with CT media. Dodd made available all documents in his possession related to his 2003 refinancing with Countrywide Financial. He did not permit the media to copy any documents and did not post these documents for public inspection. Reaction to this disclosure, which the Dodd camp claimed vindicated the Senator, ranged from tepid [48] to negative [49]

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Irish Cottage controversy
In February 2009 Kevin Rennie, a columnist at the Hartford Courant, ran an op-ed concerning Dodd’s acquisition of his vacation home in Roundstone, Ireland. [55] The article alleged that Dodd’s former partner in buying the home had ties to disgraced Bear Stearns principal Edward Downe, Jr. who has since been convicted of insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission. [56] After paying an $11 million fine for his role in the scam, Downe later obtained a pardon in the waning days of the Bill Clinton administration. The controversial pardon was granted after Dodd lobbied Clinton on Downe’s behalf. [57] Dodd’s letter to the President said "Mr. President, Ed Downe is a good person, who is truly sorry for the hurt he caused others,"[58]. After Downes’ pardon, Dodd bought out the interests of his partner for a price allegedly based on a 2002 bank appraisal of the Roundstone home, which yielded little profit for Dodd’s partner.[59][60] Rennie criticized Dodd for claiming the Roundstone home was worth less than $250,000 in Senate ethics filings; some observers estimated the likely value in excess of $1 million USD.

Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac controversies
Further information: Federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Senator Dodd was involved in issues related to the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. As part of Dodd’s overall mortgage bill the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 before Congress in the summer of 2008, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson sought provisions enabling the Treasury to add additional capital and regulatory oversight over these government sponsored enterprises. These provisions were part of the bill signed by President George W. Bush. At the time, it was estimated that the federal government would need to spend $25 billion on a bailout of the firms.[50] During this period, Dodd denied rumors these firms were in financial crisis. He called the firms "fundamentally strong",[51] said they were in "sound situation" and "in good shape" and to "suggest they are in major trouble is not accurate".[52] In early September, after the firms continued to report huge losses,[53] Secretary Paulson announced a federal takeover of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Dodd expressed skepticism of the action, which the Treasury estimated could cost as much as $200 Billion. Dodd is the number one recipient in Congress of campaign funds from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.[54] Critics also charge that Dodd ignored repeated warnings that the two firms were in need of major reform.

AIG bailout and bonuses controversy
From the fall of 2008 through early 2009, the United States government spent nearly $170 Billion to bailout the failing insurance giant, AIG. AIG then spent $165 million of this money to hand out executive "retention" bonuses to its top executives. Public outrage ensued over this perceived misuse of taxpayer dollars. Senator Chris Dodd was responsible for the inclusion of a clause limiting excessive executive pay in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. On February 14, 2009, the Wall Street Journal published an article, Bankers Face Strict New Pay Cap, discussing a retroactive limit to bonus compensation inserted by Chris Dodd into the stimulus bill that passed in the Senate.[62] The same article went on to mention that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and


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Lawrence Summers "had called Sen. Dodd and asked him to reconsider". When the bill left conference, Dodd’s provision had been amended to include a provision preventing limits on bonuses previously negotiated and under contract. This provision was lobbied for by Geithner and Summers. As Dodd explained in his March 18 interview on CNN,[63] at Geithner and the Obama Administration’s insistence he amended his provision’s original language to include Geithner and Summers’ request, which thus allowed AIG to give out bonuses under previously negotiated contracts. However, Dodd’s provision also includes language allowing the Treasury Secretary to examine bonuses doled out and, if they are found to be in violation of the public interest, recoup those funds. Dodd retreated from his original statement that he did not know how the amendment was changed[64] Dodd was criticized by many in the Connecticut media for the apparent flip-flop.[65][66] In a March 20, 2009 editorial the New Haven Register called Dodd "a lying weasel"[67] The same day, Hartford Courant columnist Rick Green called on Dodd not to seek re-election in 2010.[68] The described Dodd as "reeling" from the controversy [69] and having "stepped in it" after changing his story as to the bonus amendment.[70] At a press conference in Enfield, Connecticut, on Friday, March 20, Dodd responded to critics and explained that his original answer to a CNN answer was based on a misunderstanding of the question.[71] He also said he was disappointed that the Treasury officials who asked him to make the legislative changes had not identified themselves, refusing to confirm the actual identity of the individuals responsible for changing the amendment.[72] The next day, voters in Ridgefield rallied against Dodd and the Obama economic agenda [73][74] The Manchester Journal Inquirer suggested that "Chris Dodd’s explaining may have only begun" [75] reports Dodd has received over $223,000 from AIG employees for his recent campaigns. [76] Additionally, it has recently been revealed that Senator Dodd’s wife is a former Director for Bermuda-based IPC Holdings, a company controlled by AIG. She held this position before she married Senator Dodd. [77] On May 3, 2009, the

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Courant reported Dodd’s wife served on a number of corporate boards, including the CME Group and could be earning as much as $500,000 annually for her service on said boards. [78] Her significant professional experience merited these board positions. On March 30, 2009, it was reported that AIG Financial Products head Joseph Cassano personally solicited contributions from his employees via an e-mail suggesting that the contributions were related to Dodd’s ascension to the chairmanship of the Senate Banking Committee [79]

Political positions
Dodd favors a one-year troop withdrawal timetable to end the Iraq War[80] and is against warrantless surveillance.[81] Dodd has supported amending the Family Medical Leave Act to include paid leave,[82] restoring the rule of law to the U.S. immigration system,[83] and a corporate carbon tax to combat global warming.[84] While Dodd has blamed President Bush for the subprime mortgage crisis, congressional Democrats opposed a Bush administration proposal to increase oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2003[85] and efforts to address the issue in 2007 were delayed during Dodd’s presidential campaign.[86] Following the failure of his presidential bid, Dodd proposed that the federal government buy up to $400 billion in defaulted mortgages. He denied that this was a taxpayer funded bailout of the mortgage business.[87] Dodd is credited with inserting the lastminute pay limit into American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The pay restrictions included prohibition of bonuses in excess of one-third of total salary for any company receiving any money from the plan and was retroactive to companies that received funds under Troubled Assets Relief Program.[88] Fortune magazine however, panned this provision as likely to "drive the craftiest financial minds away from the most troubled institutions". This article also pointed out the Dodd bill delegated to the Treasury Secretary the right to approve appropriate restaurants for client entertainment. [89]


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Committee assignments
• • Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Narcotics Affairs (Chairman) • Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs • Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs • Subcommittee on European Affairs • (Chairman) • As Chairman of the committee, Dodd may serve an ex officio member of all subcommittees of which he is not already a full member. • Subcommittee on Economic Policy • Subcommittee on Security and International Trade and Finance • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment • • • •

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Christopher Dodd

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Succeeded by Sam Gejdenson from Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district 1975 – 1981 United States Senator (Class 3) from Connecticut 1981 – present
Served alongside: Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., Joe Lieberman

United States Senate Preceded by Abraham A. Ribicoff Political offices Preceded by Mitch McConnell Preceded by Richard Shelby Preceded by Debra DeLee Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee 2001 – 2003 Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee 2007 – present Succeeded by Trent Lott Incumbent Incumbent

Party political offices General Chairman of the Democratic Nation- Succeeded by Roy Romer al Committee 1995 – 1997 • Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission • Campaign contributions at • Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart • Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues • Staff salaries, trips and personal finance at • Current Bills Sponsored at • Congressional profile at Persondata NAME Dodd, Christopher ALTERNATIVE Dodd, Christopher John NAMES SHORT American lawyer and U.S. DESCRIPTION Senator from Connecticut DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH May 27, 1944 Willimantic, Connecticut

content/article/2007/11/06/ AR2007110602146.html, retrieved on 2008-11-10. [87] Paletta, Damian (2008-05-07), "Dodd Defends Housing Plan, Blasts Bush", Wall Street Journal, economics/2008/05/07/dodd-defendshousing-plan-blasts-bush/, retrieved on 2008-11-10. [88] Solomon, Deborah and Mark Maremont (2009-02-14), "Bankers Face Strict New Pay Cap: Stimulus Bill Puts Retroactive Curb on Bailout Recipients; Wall Street Fumes", The Wall Street Journal (Dow Jones & Company): p. A1, SB123457165806186405.html. [89] [18]

External links
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