Christopher Dodd Background
East Haddam, Conn.
University of Louisville School of Law, J.D., 1972
Providence College, B.A., 1966
Formally withdrew candidacy Jan. 3, 2008Formally declared candidacy Jan. 11, 2007Endorsed Barack Obama Feb. 26, 2008
U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1981-present
U.S. Representative from Connecticut, 1975-1981
U.S. Army, 1969-1975
Attorney, New London, Conn., 1972-1974
Peace Corps Volunteer, Dominican Republic, 1966-1968
Spouse: Jackie Clegg
Children: Grace Dodd, Christina Dodd
January 6, 2008
Failed White House Bid Could Boost Dodd Among Democrats
The Associated Press
December 27, 2007
Christopher Dodd: A Worldview Shaped by His Father and Fatherhood
The Christian Science Monitor
July 6, 2007
Dodd Pins Hopes on Early-Vote Miracles
The Washington Post
April 28, 2007
'Top Tier' Candidate? Maybe Not, but Dodd Is Still Enjoying the Ride
The New York Times
April 23, 2007
Catholic Senators and Presidential Candidates: Their Faith and Public Policy (Video)
April 4, 2007
Dodd Asks: What if Your Child Were Gay?
Dodd Religious Biography
In His Own Words
"My faith informs me ... It guides my decisions and taught me to promote the common good, social justice and to do everything possible to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable." (Speech, April 2007)
Dodd was raised in the Catholic faith. Because of his father's election to the Senate, he split his boyhood between Connecticut and Washington, D.C. Dodd attended Georgetown Preparatory School, a Jesuit high school outside Washington. He then went on to study English literature in Providence, R.I., at Providence College, which describes itself as a "liberal arts, Catholic institution of higher education."
After graduating from college, Dodd joined the Peace Corps in 1966. He says that his faith "had a lot to do with" his decision to join the Peace Corps and serve two years in the Dominican Republic; he said that he was motivated by "the idea of giving back." Dodd has said that faith and the Catholic social tradition of the "common good" also informed his subsequent decisions to run for public office and his decisions as a legislator.
Dodd's wife, Jackie Clegg, is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was raised in Utah. His two young daughters have been baptized in the Catholic Church and blessed in the Mormon faith, and Dodd says that they will have the opportunity to choose their faith. "They're attending both and they're going to have to form some decisions about that," he said.
Dodd says that he attends mass at Catholic churches in Washington, D.C., and Connecticut and finds other Catholic churches when traveling. If nominated, Dodd would be the fourth Roman Catholic to win a presidential nomination. If elected, he would be the second Catholic president, following John F. Kennedy.
Sept. 6, 2007
Clinton and Giuliani Seen as Not Highly Religious; Romney's Religion Raises Concerns
A September survey finds that religion is not proving to be a clear-cut positive in the 2008 presidential campaign. The candidates viewed by voters as the least religious among the leading contenders are front-runners Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, while voters still express concern about Mitt Romney's Mormon faith. Read more about the 2008 election and religion.
Read the report
June 18, 2007
Analysis of Candidates' Potential Support among Religious Groups
A survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press examines potential support for the Democratic presidential candidates among Democratic and Democratic-leaning members of two religious groups: white Catholics and white mainline Protestants.