Senator Chris Dodd is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., which serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture industry around the world.
For 36 years, Senator Dodd represented Connecticut in the U.S. Congress. As the state’s longest serving member, he was recognized as one of the most widely respected legislators in Congress, earning the trust of both Republicans and Democrats. A key participant in nearly every major national policy debate over the last three decades, Senator Dodd is perhaps best known for authoring or co-authoring the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993; the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; the Help America Vote Act; and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Senator Dodd served as a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is a recognized expert on Latin America. He interacted extensively with leaders throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, and Latin America, and served as Co-Chair of the Unite States–India Senate Caucus.
Appointed in 2011 to represent one of America’s most creative and storied industries, Senator Dodd has made it his highest priority to champion the creative freedoms of filmmakers by safeguarding intellectual property rights, advancing technology-driven innovation, and opening global markets to the uniquely powerful medium of film. Dedicated to freedom of expression in its many forms, Senator Dodd has served as this year’s Chairman of the Free Speech Week Advisory Council.