Year Inducted / Awarded: 2003
Member Award: Distinguished Service Award
Senator Christopher Dodd began his career in Washington, DC in 1974 when he was elected to the House of Representatives. After serving three terms, he subsequently ran for the U.S. Senate and was elected as the youngest person ever to the U.S. Senate in Connecticut history. He is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a recognized expert on Latin and South America who recently received the Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award recognizing leadership in foreign policy. Senator Dodd is currently a senior member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and is the senior Democrat on its Children and Families Subcommittee. He serves on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and is the senior Democrat on its Securities and Investment Subcommittee. He also is the senior Democrat on the Rules and Administration Committee. Following his graduation from Providence College, Senator Dodd spent two years in the Peace Corps working in a rural village in the Dominican Republic. Upon returning to the U.S., he enlisted in the Army and served in the reserves. In 1972, he earned a law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law. Senator Dodd has been a passionate supporter of the University of Connecticut and the School of Engineering’s efforts to secure Federal funding for fuel cell research and commercial development.