Christopher Dodd

U.S. Senator (1981-2011) and Chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America

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Senator Dodd, who represented Connecticut in the U.S. Congress for 36 years, earned the trust and admiration of both Democrats and Republicans and became one of the country’s most widely respected legislators.

A key participant in nearly every major policy debate over the past three decades, Dodd authored or co-authored major legislation in the areas of education, health, financial services, foreign policy and election reform. In his final term in the Senate, Dodd was the 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. He also played a decisive role in the writing and passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

A senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dodd’s expertise on foreign affairshighlighted by his command of Latin American issues, including fluency in Spanishas well as his work to forge peace and prosperity abroad, has been called a “gift to the nation.”

Dodd is perhaps best known for bringing much-needed attention to children’s and education issues. He formed the Senate’s first children’s caucus, 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 do not have to choose between the jobs they need and the families they love.

Dodd, hailed as a “classic orator” and a “wonderful storyteller,” has used his ability to turn a phrase and his unmatched gift for finding common ground to forge bipartisan solutions to our nation’s most critical challenges. He currently serves as chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.