Chris Dodd (D-CT) to Retire from US Senate


Chris Dodd, the 5-term US Senator from Connecticut is expected to announce his retirement within hours, according to unnamed sources and reported by the Associated Press.

Dodd was a strong champion for medical marijuana, affirmative action, reproductive rights, the environment, and more recently gay marriage. Some controversial decisions regarding the banking industry have soured his recent political fortunes, and likely were instrumental in his decision. One of his most recent big achievements was the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009.

Word of his retirement comes hours after Byron Dorgan (D-ND) announced he will not seek re-election.

Dodd has been a U.S. Senator from 1981. He was the chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, represented Connecticut’s 2nd District in the House, 1975-81, and practiced law in New London, Conn., 1972-74.

According to Wikipedia, “Dodd has supported amending the Family and Medical Leave Act, which he authored in 1993, to include paid leave, restoring the rule of law to the U.S. immigration system, and a corporate carbon tax to combat global warming. Dodd is credited with inserting the last-minute pay limit into American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The pay restrictions included prohibition of bonuses in excess of one-third of total salary for any company receiving any money from the plan and was retroactive to companies that received funds under Troubled Assets Relief Program.”

His retirement brings up a stronger possibility that Ralph Nader might run in Connecticut. If that run would be successful, the state would be the first to have 2 independent Senators in the history of the country (the other being Joe Lieberman, formerly a Democrat).


8 Responses to Chris Dodd (D-CT) to Retire from US Senate

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  2. Vote -1 Vote +1John Doe
    January 6, 2010 at 3:45 am

    He should retire and anyone else who has served over 4 years.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
      January 6, 2010 at 7:09 pm

      We already have term limits. They are called elections. If someone is doing a bad job, they lose lose it. What we really need is serious campaign finance reform to get big corporate money out of politics.

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1R.J. Carter
    January 6, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Dodd… Dorgan… Two political obits in a very short span. Not quite a trend, but maybe we can rally.

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
      January 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm

      There are a lot stepping down actually. I think 6 Republican Senators are retiring too, as well as 10 Dem and 14 GOP members of the House.

  4. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Paul
    January 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    It took me a while to find an article that mentioned Ralph Nader running.
    I think that Nader would have beat Dodd because of Dodd’s failures with the banks.
    Run Ralph Run

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1Barbara
    January 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Conneticutt would be fortunate to have Ralph Nader serve its people in the United States Senate. It is time to break the two party monopoly on American politics and shatter the illusion of choice.

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