Profile: Christopher Dodd

January 3, 2008 6:15:30 PM PST
Political profile of candidate Christopher DoddCHRISTOPHER DODD, Democrat
Senator from Connecticut
Age: 63

CAREER: U.S. Senate 1980-present; U.S. House 1974-1980; Army Reserve, 1969-1975; Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, 1966-1968; also practiced law.

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in English literature, Providence College; law degree, University of Louisville.

FAMILY: Married, with two daughters.


  • Supports abortion rights.

  • Would let states decide.
  • Opposed constitutional amendment against it.

  • Voted for 2003 bill that would have capped 2010 emissions at 2000 levels, increasing energy costs.

  • Sponsored legislation to expand coverage for young, old and poor.
  • Goal of universal coverage; details and costs not specified.

  • Voted for 2006 bill offering legal status to illegal immigrants who have been in the country for at least five years, subject to conditions including English proficiency and payment of back taxes and fines, with tougher conditions for those who have been in the U.S. for shorter time.
  • Voted against the 2006 bill and against border fence.

  • IRAQ:
  • Opposes troop increase.
  • Would cap force at about 130,000 unless Congress approves more.
  • Has not specified withdrawal timetable, but would not cut off money.
  • Wants to begin withdrawing troops now from worst parts of Baghdad.
  • Voted for Iraq war authorization in 2002.
  • Got 2 percent in Dec. 31st Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.