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Governor Bill Richardson Joins Politico's Arena

Governor Bill Richardson has teamed up with Politico as a commentator on news of the day.  The Arena is POLITICO's daily debate with policy makers and opinion shapers.

Arena Profile: Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson completed his second term as governor of New Mexico in December 2010. Since entering life as a private citizen, Gov. Richardson was named chairman of APCO Worldwide’s executive advisory service Global Political Strategies. In January 2011, Richardson was named special envoy for the Organization of American States, adding another platform for initiatives within peace and reconciliation in the Western hemisphere. In addition, the governor has joined several non-profit and for-profit boards. He also gives speeches on domestic and foreign policy through the Washington Speakers Bureau.

Gov. Richardson was first elected to office in 2002 and reelected in 2006 with the support of 69 percent of voters, representing the largest margin of victory for any governor in state history. Prior to being elected governor,he enjoyed a very successful and fulfilling career in public service, academia and the private sector - few can match his wide-ranging experience and his level of dedication to protecting the rights and improving the quality of life of people in New Mexico, the United States and around the world.

In 2008, Gov. Richardson sought the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.

Gov. Richardson served for 15 years in northern New Mexico representing the 3rd Congressional District. He served in 1997 as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and in 1998, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as secretary of the Energy Department. As a congressman, Richardson served as a special envoy on many sensitive international missions. He successfully won the release of hostages, American servicemen, and prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba and Sudan. Governor Richardson has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 2001, Richardson assumed the chairmanship of Freedom House, a private, non-partisan organization that promotes democracy worldwide. He also worked as a business consultant in Santa Fe and served on several boards including the Natural Resource Defense Council and United Way International.

Bill Richardson has been married to his high school sweetheart, Barbara, for 37 years. Richardson received a B.A. from Tufts University in 1970 and a M.A. from Tufts's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1971.

Bill Richardson's Recent Discussions

  • Why are Obama's approvals so low?

    Plus, is Palin-mania dying out?

    The president's current poll numbers reflect the surly mood of the electorate because of the economy and the partisan fights over the budget. Nonetheless, the president stumps his potential Republican opponents because he uses the bully pulpit well and appears to be the calm and and moderate grown-up in the firefight. His line-in-the-sand budget speech and his skillful diplomacy in Libya have been turning points.

 

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