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Mar012011

Chris Dodd to Head MPAA, Follow in Jack Valenti's Footsteps

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Five-term Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd left office in January, but it didn’t take long for him to decide he’s not ready for retirement.

The 66-year-old lawmaker has accepted a new job as the chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, making him the top lobbyist for Hollywood in Washington.

The MPAA represents U.S. filmmakers internationally, administering the film rating system and pushing for more stringent copyright protections for producers and efforts to combat piracy.

Dodd replaces Dan Glickman, who stepped down last year, and follows in the footsteps of Jack Valenti, who led the MPAA for 38 years after serving as a special adviser to President Lyndon Johnson.  He’ll start in his new role on March 17.

Before retiring from Congress, Dodd chaired the Senate Banking Committee that drafted landmark financial reform legislation and led the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during the height of the health care overhaul negotiations.

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