Here’s a look at the life of Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico.
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
Grew up in Mexico City, Mexico, until 1960, when he left to attend boarding school in Massachusetts.
Has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several times.
1971-1973 - Aide to US House Representative Frank Bradford Morse (R-Massachusetts).
1974-1976 - US State Department staff member.
1976-1978 - Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff member.
1978-1982 - President of Richardson Trade Group, a consulting business.
1980 - Runs unsuccessfully for the US House of Representatives, losing narrowly to incumbent Manuel Lujan Jr.
January 3, 1983-February 13, 1997 - Democratic congressman in the US House of Representatives for New Mexico’s Third District.
1997-1998 - US ambassador to the United Nations.
1998-2001 - US 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 - Richardson’s memoir “Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life” is published.
November 7, 2006 - Reelected 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 US 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.
January 4, 2009 - Announces that he is withdrawing his nomination as secretary of commerce, citing a pending federal investigation.
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 is named Special Envoy for the Organization of American States.
February 23, 2011 - Is named chairman of APCO Worldwide’s executive advisory service.
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 - Richardson’s book “How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator” is published.
March 15, 2016 - At the request of Ohio Governor John Kasich, Richardson meets with two North Korean diplomats in New York to lobby for the release of detained American Otto Warmbier.
January 24, 2018 - Resigns from the Advisory Board on Rakhine State, an international board tasked with addressing the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. In a scathing statement, Richardson accuses Aung San Suu Kyi – Myanmar’s de facto leader, who he’s known for decades – of lacking “moral leadership.”
November 2, 2021 - During a personal humanitarian mission, meets with junta leader Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. Later, in response to criticism that he lent credibility to the military-installed government, Richardson tells the New York Times that he was focused on discussing delivery of Covid-19 vaccines, medical supplies and other public health needs to the people of Myanmar.