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).