Political Highlights: U.S. House, 1975-81; U.S. Senate, 1981-2011; sought Democratic nomination for president, 2008 Born: May 27, 1944; Willimantic, Conn. Residence: East Haddam Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd; two children Education: Providence College, B.A. 1966; U. of Louisville, J.D. 1972 Military Service: Army Reserve, 1969-75 Start of Service: Elected: 1980 (5th term) Committee Assignments: Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (Economic Policy; Securities, Insurance & Investment; Security & International Trade); Foreign Relations (East Asian & Pacific Affairs; European Affairs; Near Eastern & South & Central Asian Affairs; Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps & Global Narcotics Affairs - Chairman); Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (Children & Families - Chairman; Employment & Workplace Safety); Rules & Administration; Joint Library
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.