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
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.
While in Congress, he helped negotiate the release of hostages, American troops, and political prisoners in North Korea
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 of the 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.
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 2005 - Releases his memoir "Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life."
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.
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.
December 16, 2010 - Arrives in North Korea for a four-day visit to help ease tensions in the region.
Establishes the Richardson Center for Global Engagement
, a non-profit promoting international peace.
January 2011 - Richardson is named Special Envoy for the Organization of American States.
February 23, 2011 -
Is named chairman of APCO Worldwide's advisory service Global Political Strategies.
September 7-14, 2011 -
Richardson visits Cuba on a private mission to win the release of jailed American contractor Alan Gross
. He is unsuccessful.
October 2013 - Releases the book "How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator."
January 7-10, 2013 -
Richardson travels to North Korea with the chairman of Google
, Eric Schmidt
, on what is described as a humanitarian mission.