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Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.)

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

Election History
2004generalChristopher Dodd (D) 945,34766.4
Jack Orchulli (R) 457,74932.1
Timothy Knibbs (CC) 12,4420.9
Leonard Rasch (LIBERT) 9,1880.7
1998generalChristopher Dodd (D) 628,30665.2
Gary Franks (R) 312,17732.4
William Kozak (CC) 12,2611.3
Lois Grasso (TLC) 6,5170.7
Wildey Moore (LIBERT) 5,1960.5
1992generalChristopher Dodd (D, ACP) 882,56958.8
Brook Johnson (R) 572,03638.1
Richard Gregory (CC) 35,3152.4
Howard Grayson (LIBERT) 10,7410.7
1986generalChristopher Dodd (D) 632,69565.0
Roger Eddy (R) 340,43835.0
1980generalChristopher Dodd (D) 763,96956.0
James Buckley (R) 581,88443.0
1978generalChristopher Dodd (D) 116,62470.0
1976generalChristopher Dodd (D) 142,68465.0
1974generalChristopher Dodd (D) 104,43659.0
Roll Call Vitals


Connecticut is 31st on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

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.