U of L Law School Boasts a Graduate Who is Running for President and Dated Princess Leia

The Football program may be in a temporary decline, but the Brandeis Law School at the University of Louisville can be rightfully proud of one of its former students. Chris Dodd is not only a U.S. Senator, and candidate for the Presidency, when he was a much sought after bachelor he dated Bianca Jagger and Carrie Fisher. Remember Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in her slave costume?

In 1972, Dodd earned a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Louisville, where he served as vice president of the law school’s student body. The following year, he was admitted to the Connecticut bar, and began practicing law in New London
Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd is a Democratic candidate in next year’s Presidential Primary.  Many polls show him in the top five candidates running in the Democratic Primary.

Dodd was born in Willimantic, Connecticut. His parents, Grace Mary Murphy and Senator Thomas Joseph Dodd were Irish-Americans; all eight of his great-grandparents were born in Ireland.

Dodd attended Georgetown Preparatory School, a Jesuit boys school in Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Providence College in 1966.

Dodd served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small rural town in the Dominican Republic until 1968. Dodd then joined the U.S. Army Reserve, and served until 1975.

In July 1970, he married Susan Mooney. They divorced in October, 1982. After the divorce to Susan Mooney he set himself up as one of Washington’s most eligible bachelors. During this time he dated Bianca Jagger and Carrie Fisher. In 1999, he married his second wife, Jackie Marie Clegg, who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held high posts at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and currently is a director of the Blockbuster video chain. . The couple have two daughters, Grace (born September, 2001) and Christina Dodd (born May, 2005).

Dodd lives in East Haddam when Congress is not in session.  He is fluent in Spanish, and is a Latin Rite Catholic.

He is the godfather of actress/singer Christy Carlson Romano, who once interned in his office. His brother, Thomas J. Dodd Jr., is an emeritus professor of the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, and served as the U.S. ambassador to Uruguay and Costa Rica under president Bill Clinton.


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