Prior to joining the commission, Dodd served as chairman of the New Jersey Hazardous Waste Siting Commission. Previously, he served two terms in the New Jersey General Assembly, from 1966 to 1970, before moving to the New Jersey Senate, where he served until 1982. He was Senate President from 1974 to 1975 and served as Acting Governor.
In 1981, Dodd ran unsuccessfully for the democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Dodd was educated at Upsala College and Seton Hall University.
After leaving the commission in 1993, Dodd performed consulting work in government affairs and gaming. He died on May 14, 2010 at the age of 72.