Dawson Hodgson graduated from Bucknell in 2000 with a BA in American History. He received his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2004. He is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. After completing a judicial clerkship in the Rhode Island Superior Court, Dawson was sworn in as a Special Assistant Attorney General in 2005.
As a criminal prosecutor Dawson represents the State of Rhode Island as a trial attorney and legal advisor to law enforcement agencies. He has secured numerous felony convictions after trial, and manages an extensive caseload, prosecuting such diverse offenses as robbery, arson, embezzlement, public corruption, domestic violence, sexual assault and narcotics distribution.
Dawson is married to Megan (MacDonald) Hodgson '02. They reside with their son Win and two dogs on his family's turf farm in Slocum, RI. He serves on the local harbor management commission and remains involved with the family turf business. In his free time, Dawson enjoys sailing, skiing and working outdoors.