Senator Chris Dodd
Current Position: United States Senator
Brief Bio: Senator Chris Dodd is currently serving his fifth term in the United States Senate.
He is the youngest person from Connecticut to ever be elected to that body and the only Senator ever
to be elected five times by the people of Connecticut. As a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee and the senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps
and Narcotics Affairs, Senator Dodd has been an outspoken supporter of democracy, human rights, and due
process of law.
He is the author of landmark legislation allowing family members to take time to care for a newborn or
a sick relative without fear of losing their job. He has also written legislation providing affordable
childcare to working families, strengthening our election laws, improving homeland security, and helping
American companies grow and create new jobs. Senator Dodd’s father, Thomas Dodd, was the deputy prosecutor
for the United States at the Nuremburg Trials and a two-term U.S. Senator from Connecticut.
Perspective on Conference Themes: Guaranteeing the basic right to a fair trail, even to
the most egregious violators of our laws, is the cornerstone of a just and modern civilization.
After World War II, the United States helped to lay that cornerstone at Nuremburg. The result was
the birth of a new moral order, which honored the millions who perished, and which
continues to inspire those who believe in the necessity of the rule of law.