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Dodd's farewell

After 30 years of service in the United States Senate, Democrat Chris Dodd used a farewell speech to the chamber Tuesday to issue a plea for civility in government and to warn against major reforms to the Senate’s filibuster rules.

Throughout his career, Dodd, who was first elected to the House in 1974 and the Senate in 1980, played a major role in legislation that changed the landscape of American life, including the Family and Medical Leave Act and mortgage and financial reform laws.

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Dodd, himself the son of a senator, chose not to seek re-election last December after his poll numbers showed a serious decline in his popularity.

Earlier this year, NBC’s Ken Strickland sat down with Dodd as part of a week-long Web series about the departing members of the Senate. Read a transcript of that interview here.