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2008 Elections

Chris Dodd

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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., speaks to reporters after addressing the Farmer’s Union summit in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007.


(Editor's Note: Dodd dropped out of the presidential race for the Democratic nomination, following a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, 2007, where he got less than 1 percent of the delegates. See a video of his explanation on his campaign Web site.)

Party: Democratic
Political Position: U.S. Senator from Connecticut (1981-present)
Age: 63
Dodd’s Credentials: The longtime Senator from Connecticut is the son of U.S. Sen. Tom Dodd. Dodd says he takes progressive issues and makes them bi-partisan policy, pointing to the Family and Medical Leave Act, of which he was chief author, as an example.


Although he voted for the Iraq War resolution, he now says he regrets it and has been an outspoken critic of the war. After his Connecticut colleague Sen. Joe Lieberman lost to Ned Lamont, a Democratic primary challenger, Dodd endorsed Lamont.


Dodd has enjoyed a mini-boomlet amongst the so-called Netroots, with his outspoken criticism of the Bush administration. He threatened to filibuster a proposed law that would give immunity from lawsuits to telecommunications companies that gave the government phone and e-mail records for the warrantless surveillance program. After the veto threat, he raised more than $150,000 from small donors in 24 hours.


Not all of Dodd’s money is coming from small donors, however. As chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, he’s been able to tap wealthy contributors in the financial services industry.


Date of Birth: May 27, 1944
Place of Birth: Willimantic, Conn.
Home: East Haddam, Conn.
Spouse: Jackie Clegg Dodd
Children: Grace, Christina
Religion: Roman Catholic
Education: B.A., Providence College, 1966; J.D., University of Louisville School of Law, 1972
Experience: U.S. Army (1969-1975); U.S. Representative (1975-1981)
Was once romantically linked with Carrie Fisher and Bianca Jagger. Dodd speaks fluent Spanish, thanks in part to a stint in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. He made it home by hitchhiking across Latin America in 1968.
SunArchives: Nevada gets more than 15 minutes
Dodd on the Issues: A look at where Dodd stands on the issues and how he has voted.
Nevada Contributions: A breakdown of Dodd’s financial contributions from the Silver State.
State by State Contributions: A breakdown of Dodd’s financial contributions across the U.S.
Dodd's MySpace Page: Read Dodd's profile information and leave a message.
Dodd's Facebook Page: Read Dodd's profile information and leave a message.
Dodd's Flickr Page: View Dodd's latest political photos.
Dodd's YouTube Videos: View Dodd’s latest political videos.
Contact Info:
Nevada Office
2801 S. Valley View, #3
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 256-DODD
Campaign Manager: Sheryl V. Cohen and more key people.


— Las Vegas Sun writer J. Patrick Coolican, web content editor Andy Samuelson, and intern Jenna Kohler compiled this report.

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