John Dodds played a role in these efforts:
Unemployment benefit extensions during recessions in 1977, 1982, 1985, 1992, 2002, and 2010.
Minimum-wage increases in 1989 and 2006.
A yearlong halt to sheriff's sales during the tough recession of the early 1980s and another
at Christmas 2010.
A national model program in 2008 that required mortgage companies to negotiate with homeowners before foreclosing on homes.
Enforcing a law requiring hospitals to provide free care through the Adult Basic Care program and via the federal Affordable Care Act.