Frank J. Dodd

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Frank J. Dodd
President of the New Jersey Senate
In office
1974–1975
Preceded by Alfred N. Beadleston
Succeeded by Matthew Feldman
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 26th district
In office
1972–1981
Succeeded by Richard Codey
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
In office
1966–1970
Member of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission
In office
1989–1993
Preceded by Carl Zeitz
Succeeded by Diane M. Legreide [1]
Personal details
Born(1938-02-04)February 4, 1938
Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Died May 14, 2010(2010-05-14) (aged 72)
Neptune, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lizbeth Reich Dodd
Website

Frank J. "Pat" Dodd (February 4, 1938 – May 14, 2010) was an American businessman and Democratic Party politician who served as President of the New Jersey Senate from 1974 to 1975. [2]

Democratic Party (United States) political party in the United States

The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. Tracing its heritage back to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison's Democratic-Republican Party, the modern-day Democratic Party was founded around 1828 by supporters of Andrew Jackson, making it the world's oldest active political party.

New Jersey Senate

The New Jersey Senate was established as the upper house of the New Jersey Legislature by the Constitution of 1844, replacing the Legislative Council. There are 40 legislative districts, representing districts with average populations of 210,359. Each district has one senator and two members of the New Jersey General Assembly, the lower house of the legislature. Prior to the election in which they are chosen, senators must be a minimum of 30 years old and a resident of the state for four years to be eligible to serve in office.

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Early life

Dodd was born in Orange, New Jersey in 1938. He was educated at Upsala College and Seton Hall University. He founded Dodd Enterprises, operating two cocktail lounges, a restaurant, and a travel agency, based out of West Orange. [3]

Orange, New Jersey Township in New Jersey, United States

The City of Orange is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 30,134, reflecting a decline of 2,734 (-8.3%) from the 32,868 counted in 2000, which had in turn increased by 2,943 (+9.8%) from the 29,925 counted in the 1990 Census.

Upsala College

Upsala College (UC) was a private college affiliated with the Swedish-American Augustana Synod and located in East Orange in Essex County, New Jersey in the United States. Upsala was founded in 1893 in Brooklyn, in New York City, and moved to Kenilworth, and finally to East Orange in 1924. In the 1970s, Upsala considered moving to Wantage Township in rural Sussex County as East Orange's crime problem and social conditions deteriorated. However, college administration and trustees chose to remain committed to East Orange. Declining enrollment and financial difficulties forced the school to close in 1995.

Seton Hall University university

Seton Hall University is a private Roman Catholic university in South Orange, New Jersey, United States. Founded in 1856 by then-Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley and named after his aunt, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Seton Hall is the oldest diocesan university in the United States.

Political career

Dodd was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly at the age of 27, serving for two terms, from 1966 to 1970. In the Assembly Dodd served on the Labor Relations, Banking and Insurance, and Public Safety, Defense, and Veteran's Affairs Committees. [3]

New Jersey General Assembly lower house of the New Jersey Legislature

The New Jersey General Assembly is the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature.

In 1971 Dodd was elected to the New Jersey Senate to represent the 26th Legislative District and was re-elected in 1973. He served as Senate president from 1974 to 1975, also serving as acting governor during that time. [3]

26th Legislative District (New Jersey)

New Jersey's 26th Legislative District is one of 40 in the New Jersey Legislature. As of the 2011 apportionment, the district includes the Essex County communities of Fairfield Township, North Caldwell Borough, Verona Township and West Caldwell Township; the Morris County municipalities of Butler Borough, Jefferson Township, Kinnelon Borough, Lincoln Park Borough, Montville Township, Morris Plains Borough, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township and Rockaway Township; along with the Passaic County community of West Milford Township.

In the 1977 Democratic primary for the Senate seat, Dodd faced opposition from Assemblyman Eldridge Hawkins and tennis star Althea Gibson, who was serving as state Athletic Commissioner. Dodd was supported by the Essex County Democratic organization under County Chairman Harry Lerner. With Gibson and Hawkins splitting the anti-organization vote, Dodd won the nomination and the subsequent general election. In 1981, Dodd gave up his Senate seat to run in the Democratic primary for Governor of New Jersey. His successor in the Senate was Richard Codey. [4]

Eldridge Hawkins is an American lawyer and Democratic Party politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1972 to 1978. During that time he served as the Chairman of The NJ State General Assembly Judiciary, Law, Public Safety and Defense Committee. In that capacity he authored The NJ Legislature's NJ Code of Criminal Justice known as Title 2C. During his tenure he also sponsored NJ's Affirmative Action Law.

Althea Gibson American tennis player

Althea Gibson was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first Black athlete to cross the color line of international tennis. In 1956, she became the first African American to win a Grand Slam title. The following year she won both Wimbledon and the US Nationals, then won both again in 1958, and was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in both years. In all, she won 11 Grand Slam tournaments, including five singles titles, five doubles titles, and one mixed doubles title. Gibson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. "She is one of the greatest players who ever lived," said Bob Ryland, a tennis contemporary and former coach of Venus and Serena Williams. "Martina [Navratilova] couldn't touch her. I think she'd beat the Williams sisters." In the early 1960s she also became the first Black player to compete on the Women's Professional Golf Tour.

Essex County, New Jersey County in the United States

Essex County is a county in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2017 Census estimate, the county's population was 808,285, making it the state's third-most populous county, an increase of 3.1% from the 2010 United States Census, when its population was enumerated at 783,969, in turn a decrease of 1.2% from the 793,633 enumerated in the 2000 Census. In 2010, the county dropped down to third-largest, behind Middlesex County, and was one of only two counties in the state to see a decline between 2000 and 2010. Its county seat is Newark, the most populous city in the state. It is part of the New York Metropolitan Area.

The 1981 Democratic primary included a crowded field of 13 candidates, led by U.S. Representative James Florio, U.S. Representative Robert A. Roe, Newark Mayor Kenneth A. Gibson, Senate President Joseph P. Merlino, Attorney General John J. Degnan, and Jersey City Mayor Thomas F. X. Smith. Dodd finished in seventh place with 4 percent of the vote behind Florio (26 percent), Roe (16 percent), Gibson (16 percent), Merlino (11 percent), Degnan (11 percent), and Smith (9 percent). [5]

James Florio American politician and lawyer

James Joseph Florio is an American Democratic politician who served as the 49th Governor of New Jersey from 1990 to 1994, the first Italian American to hold the position. He also served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for 15 years between 1975 and 1990.

Robert A. Roe American politician

Robert Aloysius Roe was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives for over 23 years, serving from November 4, 1969 to January 3, 1993.

Newark, New Jersey City in New Jersey, United States

Newark is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey and the seat of Essex County. As one of the nation's major air, shipping, and rail hubs, the city had a population of 285,154 in 2017, making it the nation's 70th-most populous municipality, after being ranked 63rd in the nation in 2000.

Career after politics

In the fall of 1981, Dodd was selected by governor-elect Thomas Kean and outgoing governor Brendan Byrne to serve as the chairman of the New Jersey Hazardous Waste Siting Commission, tasked with selecting sites for toxic waste incinerators. The commission received heavy public criticism for its recommendation of potential toxic waste sites throughout the state. [6]

In 1989 Kean appointed Dodd to a five-year term on the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. He served until the end of 1993. [7]

Dodd later competed as a sport fisherman, participating in billfish tournaments in Key West and the Turks and Caicos Islands. He resided in Manasquan, New Jersey. [6] He died on May 14, 2010 in Neptune, New Jersey. [2]

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References

  1. A Brief History of the Casino Control Commission, official website, New Jersey Casino Control Commission. Accessed March 8, 2014.
  2. 1 2 O'Connor, Julie. "Former N.J. Senate president Frank 'Pat' Dodd dies at 72", The Star-Ledger . May 15, 2010.
  3. 1 2 3 Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey. J.A. Fitzgerald. 1979.
  4. Edge, Wally (2008-01-07). "The one that starts in the 1960s and ends with Codey". PolitickerNJ. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
  5. Carroll, Maurice (1981-06-04). "Florio and Kean Agree Taxes Are Key Issue". The New York Times . Retrieved 2009-03-09.
  6. 1 2 Ahearn, James (2001-06-13). "Toxic Waste: A 20-Year NIMBY Saga". The Record (Bergen County) . p. L11.
  7. "Two Chosen For Panel On Casinos". The New York Times . 1994-08-11. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
Political offices
Preceded by
Alfred N. Beadleston
President of the New Jersey Senate
1974–1975
Succeeded by
Matthew Feldman