WASHINGTON - Retiring Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) received a standing ovation from colleagues today during his final speech in the U.S. Senate.

The Senate Banking Committee chairman thanked everyone for their support during his more than 30 years as a congressman and senator.

Dodd also had a message for the people of Connecticut saying, "For almost four decades, three terms in the House of Representatives, five terms in this chamber, you've entrusted me to labor on your behalf and I deeply thank you for that honor."

Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will take over Dodd's seat Jan. 5.