Sen. Christopher Dodd

Former Senator from Connecticut, Democrat

Dodd, a Democrat, was a senator from Connecticut from 1981 to 2010.

He was previously the representative for Connecticut's 2nd congressional district (1975-1980).



Our unique analysis of the bills Dodd sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Dodd is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Dodd sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Education (15%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Health (13%) Social Welfare (11%) Families (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Law (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Dodd’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Dec 2010, Dodd missed 650 of 10,588 roll call votes, which is 6.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2010. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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