By Jeff Labrecque
Updated March 01, 2011 at 06:56 PM EST

Image Credit: Jessica Hill/AP ImagesChristopher Dodd, the retired Connecticut senator and former presidential candidate, was named chairman and chief executive of the Motion Picture Association of America. Dodd, 66, takes over for Dan Glickman, another former member of Congress, who stepped down in 2010 after five years in the post, which is the industry’s chief lobbying position in Washington. “I am truly excited about representing the interests of one of the most creative and productive industries in America, not only in Washington but around the world,” said Dodd, in a statement. “It is also an honor to follow in the footsteps of Jack Valenti and Dan Glickman, both of whom I worked with on many occasions over the years. I look forward to working with the studios, the Association staff and all who work in our industry on the major issues facing it during this time of economic and technological challenge and global growth.”