(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Bill Richardson, former New Mexico Governor.
Personal: Birth date: November 15, 1947
Birth place: Pasadena, California
Birth name: William Blaine Richardson III
Father: William Blaine Richardson, Jr., executive with Citibank
Mother: Maria Luisa (Lopez-Collada) Richardson
Marriage: Barbara (Flavin) Richardson (1972-present)
Education: Tufts University, B.A., 1970; Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, M.A., 1971
Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Facts: Grew up in Mexico City, Mexico, until 1960 when he attended boarding school in Massachusetts.
Has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several times.
Timeline: 1971-1973 - Aide to U.S. House Representative Frank Bradford Morse (R-Massachusetts).
1974-1976 - Staff member at the U.S. State Department.
1976-1978 - Staff member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
1978-1982 - President of Richardson Trade Group, a consulting business.
1980 - Runs unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives, losing narrowly to incumbent Manuel Lujan Jr.
January 3, 1983-February 13, 1997 - Democratic congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives for New Mexico's Third District.
1997-1998 - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
1998-2001 - U.S. Secretary of Energy.
November 5, 2002 - Elected governor of New Mexico.
January 1, 2003-January 1, 2011 - Governor of New Mexico.
2004 - Chairman of the Democratic National Convention.
2005 and 2006 - Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.
November 7, 2006 - Re-elected governor of New Mexico, defeating Republican John Dendahl.
January 22, 2007 - Files a statement of candidacy with the FEC to run for president.
April 2007 - Spends four days in North Korea securing the remains of six U.S. troops missing since the Korean War.
May 21, 2007 - Officially announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
January 10, 2008 - Drops out of the 2008 presidential race.
August 28, 2008 - Addresses the Democratic National Convention.
December 3, 2008 - President-elect Barack Obama names Richardson as his choice for secretary of commerce.
January 4, 2009 - Announces that he is withdrawing his nomination as secretary of commerce, citing a pending federal investigation into ties to a company that has done business with New Mexico.
December 16, 2010 - Arrives in North Korea for a four-day visit to help ease tensions in the region.
2011 - Establishes the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, a non-profit promoting international peace.
January 2011 - Richardson named Special Envoy for the Organization of American States.
September 7-14, 2011 - Richardson visits Cuba on a private mission to win the release of jailed American contractor Alan Gross. He is unsuccessful.