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10 Years After Dodd-Frank Speaker Bio

About Christopher J. Dodd


Christopher J. 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 three decades, Senator Dodd authored major legislation in the areas of education, health, financial services, foreign policy, and election reform. He was 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.


Senator Dodd is also known for his focus on 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 served for seven years as Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America and is currently Senior Counsel at the law firm Arnold & Porter. He and his wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, have two teenage daughters and reside in Washington, DC and East Haddam, Connecticut.


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