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, lobbyist, and Democratic Party
Democratic Party (United States)
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who served as a United States Senator from Connecticut
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for a thirty-year period ending with the 111th United States Congress
111th United States Congress
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Dodd is a Connecticut native and a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School
Georgetown Preparatory School
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in Bethesda, Maryland
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, and Providence College
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. His father, Thomas J. Dodd
Thomas J. Dodd
Thomas Joseph Dodd was a United States Senator and Representative from Connecticut, He was the first Senator censured by the US Senate since Joseph McCarthy in 1954, and was one of only six people censured by the Senate in the 20th century. He is the father of former U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd...
, was one of Connecticut's United States Senators from 1959-1971. Chris Dodd served in the Peace Corps
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for two years prior to entering law school at the University of Louisville, and during law school concurrently served in the United States Army Reserve.
Dodd returned to Connecticut, winning election in 1974 to the United States House of Representatives from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district
Connecticut's 2nd congressional district
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and was reelected in 1976 and 1978.