Who is Bill Richardson?
William Blaine Richardson III, most commonly known as Bill Richardson is an American politician, served as the 30th governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011. Moreover, he was also involved in several diplomatic efforts and served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Richardson was also Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration. He has also served as a U.S. Congressman, chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and also chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. Bill Richardson was a candidate for the 2008 Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States. Additionally, he is also an author.
Personal Details on Bill Richardson
|Full Name||William Blaine Richardson|
|Nick Name||Bill Richardson|
|Date of Birth||November 15, 1947|
|Age||72 years old|
|Born Place||Pasadena, California, U.S.|
|Father||William Blaine Richardson Jr.|
|Mother||Maria Luisa Richardson|
|Education||Tufts University (B.A, M.A)|
|Profession||Governor, Author, Diplomat, Politician|
|Net Worth||$7 Million|
Bill Richardson Age, Birthday
Bill Richardson was born on 15th November 1947 in Pasadena, California, U.S. He is seventy-two years old till now. He is soon to be seventy-three on his birthday, November 15, this year.
Bill Richardson Family, Childhood
Bill Richardson was born to William Blaine Richardson Jr. and Maria Lusia Lopez-Collada Marquez. He was born at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California. His father Richardson Jr. (1891 – 1972) was an American Citibank executive who worked in Mexico City. His mother Maria (1914 – 2011), had been his father’s secretary.
Richardson spent his childhood in Mexico City and was raised as a Roman Catholic. His parents sent him to the U.S. when he was thirteen years old in order to attend a preparatory school, Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts. There he played baseball as a pitcher.
Bill Richardson Education
In 1966, Richardson entered Tufts University where he continued to play baseball. Bill Richardson earned a Bachelor’s degree in French and Political Science at Tufts University in 1970. There he was a member and president of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
In 1971, Richardson gained a master’s degree from Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, majoring in international affairs.
Bill Richardson Career
Richardson moved to Washington D.C. after his college where he worked for Republican Congressman F. Bradford Morse of Massachusetts as a staff member from 1971 to 1973. He left to work as a congressional relations aide for the State Department in 1974. Richardson returned to Capitol Hill in 1976 in order to work for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He worked there as a staffer until 1978.
Richardson moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1978. He ran for the House of Representatives in 1980 as a Democrat but he lost. 2 years later, Richardson was elected to New Mexico’s newly created third district. Richardson spent 14 years in Congress. He represented the country’s most diverse district and also held 2,000 town meetings.
Bill Richardson served as Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on 98th Congress from 1983 to 1985. He also served as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Native American Affairs in the 103rd Congress from 1993 to 1994.
In 1993, Bill Richardson became a member of the Democratic leadership. He was awarded the Aztec Eagle Award, Mexico’s highest award for a foreigner as a backchannel.
In 1996, Richardson helped in securing the release of American Evan Hunziker from North Korean Custody. He also played a major role in securing a pardon for an American convicted and imprisoned in Bangladesh, Eliadah McCord. As a result of these missions, Bill Richardson was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Bill Richardson served as a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from the year 1997 to 1998. Richardson was confirmed to be Clinton’s Secretary of Energy on July 31, 1998. After the end of Clinton administration in January 2001, Richardson took on a number of several positions. He was a supplementary professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was also a lecturer at the Armand Hammer United World College of American West. Bill Richardson was awarded a United States Institute of Peace Senior Fellowship in 2000. Richardson was named as a senior fellow at the Baker Institute of Rice University in 2011. From February 2001 to 2002, he served on the board of directors of Peregrine Systems, Inc.
Bill Richardson was elected for the governor of New Mexico in November 2002 after defeating Republican candidate, John Sanchez. In January 2003, he became the only Hispanic Governor in the United States. Richardson, in 2005 helped to make New Mexico the first state to provide $400,000 in life insurance for National Guard members of New Mexico who served their duty actively.
In 2003, Richardson signed legislation to allow systematic permits to New Mexico residents to carry concealed handguns. He was the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association in 2004. And he announced an increase in the role of Democratic governors in deciding their party.
Richardson won as Governor of New Mexico for the second time on November 7, 2006. He received the highest votes in any gubernatorial election in the state’s history. Richardson signed into law a bill on March 12, 2007, that banned cockfighting in New Mexico. Governor Richardson’s office confirmed that he had signed a bill repealing the death penalty on March 18, 2009. Bill Richardson was honored with the 2009 Human Rights Award by Death Penalty Focus.
Bill Richardson was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 2008 presidential election. But he was dropped out on January 10, 2008, after showing lackluster in some contests. Richardson was rumored Vice Presidential candidate for Senator and Democratic presumptive nominee Barack Obama. He was fully evaluated by the Obama campaign before Obama chose Joe Biden.
After the victory of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, Bill Richardson’s name was mentioned frequently as a possible cabinet appointment in the incoming Obama administration. On 3rd December 2008, President Barack Obama named Richardson as his choice for secretary of commerce. Later on January 4, 2009, Richardson announced that he was withdrawing his nomination as secretary of commerce, citing a pending federal investigation.
On February 23, 2011, Bill Richardson was selected as a chairman of APCO Worldwide advisory service Global Political Strategies. In 2012, Richardson joined the advisory board of Grow Energy, a startup company that is utilizing algae as a clean and environmentally beneficial electricity resource. He also joined the board of Refugees International in the same year.
In December 2012, Bill Richardson was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Car Charging Group. Richardson also joined the Board of Advisor for the Fuel Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit campaign later in 2013 for the end of oil monopoly. Richardson also traveled to North Korea with the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt in January 2013 on a humanitarian mission.
On March 15, 2016, following Ohio Governor John Kasich’s request, Bill Richardson held a meeting with 2 members of the North Korean mission to the United Nations in New York for the release of detained American Otto Warmbier. On January 24, 2018, Bill Richardson resigned from the Advisory Board on Rakhine State, an international board in Myanmar that addresses the Rohingya crisis.
Bill Richardson Wife, Children
Bill Richardson first met his wife, Barbara Flavin when they were in high school in Concord Massachusetts. They got married in 1972.
Bill Richardson and Barbara have no children.
Bill Richardson Net Worth
Bill Richardson’s net worth is estimated to be about $7 Million. He made greater money from his profession. Richardson’s primary income source is from being a politician. He also made income from writing several books and articles.
Estimated Net Worth in 2020: $7 Million
Primary Income Source: Politician
Bill Richardson’s Publication
Bill Richardson has authored three books and two articles.
- Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life, an autobiography, published in March 2007
- Leading by Example: How We Can Inspire an Energy and Security Revolution, released in October 2007
- How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator, published on October 15, 2013
- Universal Transparency: A Goal for the U.S. at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit, published in January 2011
- Sweeping Up Dirty Bombs, published in Fall 2011
Bill Richardson was nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
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