August 20, 2003 - Business News: Dominican Republic RPCV and Senator Chris Dodd named `New Englander of the Year'

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The New England Council Announces `New Englander of the Year' Awards*

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The New England Council Announces `New Englander of the Year' Awards

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - The New England Council recently announced that the 2003 "New Englander of the Year" awards will be presented to: U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd; Ted Kelly, Chairman, President and CEO, Liberty Mutual Group; and The New Hampshire Political Library. The awards will be presented at the organization's Annual Dinner on September 15 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.
Each year, The New England Council selects individuals to receive "New Englander of the Year" awards based on their commitment and contributions in their fields of work and leadership and impact on the New England region's quality of life and economy.

"Senator Dodd is being honored for his contributions in the public sector. He has made numerous contributions to the region's economic wellbeing and quality of life through his leadership in the Congress and throughout his career in public office," said James T. Brett, President and CEO, The New England Council. "We are also pleased to recognize Ted Kelly of Liberty Mutual Group. Mr. Kelly has demonstrated extraordinary corporate and community leadership at the helm of one of the region's leading insurers.

"The selection of the New Hampshire Political Library for an institutional award was particularly appropriate. Not only is the library a unique historical resource, its dynamic board of directors has made the library an active participant in the New Hampshire political campaign scene, as a sponsor of the 'Politics and Eggs' breakfast series with Presidential candidates."

Senator Dodd is currently serving his fourth term a United States Senator from Connecticut. Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980, he represented Connecticut's second congressional district for three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Senator Dodd is a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and is the senior Democrat on its Subcommittee on Children and Families. He formed the Senate's first Children's Caucus and in 1990 won passage of important legislation to help working parents obtain child care for their children. For his efforts to help more children enroll in Head Start, he was named the "Head Start Senator of the Decade." He helped author the Better Access to Student Aid Act, and his landmark Family and Medical Leave Act was the first piece of legislation signed into law by President Clinton in January 1993. He is also a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Senator Dodd holds a seat on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. He is the ranking member on the Securities Subcommittee and sits on the Financial Services and Technology Subcommittee which oversees the impact of technological advances on the financial services industry.

Senator Dodd is the ranking member on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. In 1995 and 1996, he served as General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, at the request of President Clinton.

After graduating from Providence College in 1966, Senator Dodd joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in the Dominican Republic. Upon his return to the U.S., he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the reserves. He received his law degree from the University of Louisville in 1972, was admitted to the Connecticut bar, and practiced law in New London, Connecticut until his election to Congress in 1974, his first bid for public office. Senator Dodd is the first Connecticut son to follow his father to the United States Senate and was the youngest person ever elected to the U.S Senate in Connecticut history.

Ted Kelly was elected Chairman of Liberty Mutual in April of 2000. He joined Liberty Mutual in 1992 as President and Chief Operating Officer, and was elected Chief Executive Officer in 1998.

Kelly has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Liberty Mutual Group since 1992. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance of American Insurers; the Citizens Financial Group, Inc.; the United Way of Massachusetts Bay; the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay; the Boston Private Industry Council; the American Ireland Fund; the Segue Software, Inc.; The Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership; Boston College; and serves on various other community and education boards. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Born in Ireland, Kelly graduated from Queen's University in Belfast and obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Because New Hampshire is home of the premier political event in the United States - the quadrennial first-in-the-nation presidential primary - the Council is recognizing the New Hampshire Political Library this year with a "New Englander of the Year" award for an institution.

Traditionally, New Hampshire ranks among the states with the highest voter turnout in the national elections. The New Hampshire Political Library is the first library of its kind in the nation designed to provide both an important historical record and insight into the primary election campaign process itself. The Library collects, organizes, and makes available - to scholars, students, campaign managers, reporters, current candidates and future aspirants - the only comprehensive collection of election campaign papers and paraphernalia from a half century of New Hampshire presidential primary history. The Library also houses the papers of some former New Hampshire governors, and materials from the state's congressional campaigns.

The Library is affiliated with Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester; University of New Hampshire in Durham; and the New Hampshire Historical Society, New Hampshire State Library; and New Hampshire State Archives in Concord.

The New England Council is an alliance of large and small companies, educational institutions, non-profit and other agencies dedicated to promoting economic development and a high quality of life in New England.

For more information about the annual dinner or reservations, contact The New England Council at 617-723-4009.

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