Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson


11/15/1947, Pasadena, California

Birth Name

William Blaine Richardson III



Also Known As

Governor Richardson, Governor Bill Richardson
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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Bill Richardson became Chairman of the Interior Committee and the House Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as the Hispanic Caucus. Later on, he was chosen as Chief Deputy Whip.

    • Bill Richardson was in Congress for 14 years, and during that time, led the fight to protect and preserve thousands of acres of the wilderness of New Mexico.

    • After moving to New Mexico, Bill Richardson taught Government at a Santa Fe Community College and worked as a staffer for the local Democratic Party.

    • In 1966, Bill Richardson followed in his father's footsteps by enrolling in Tufts University, located in Boston, Massachusetts.

    • In 1962, Bill Richardson left his family in Mexico City, and went to Massachusetts to attend high school.

    • Bill Richardson has a sister named Vesta Richardson.

    • Bill Richardson was born to William Richardson and Maria Luisa Lopez-Collada, and grew up in Mexico City.

    • Bill Richardson's wife is Barbara, his high school sweetheart.

    • Bill Richardson taught at New Mexico State University, the University of New Mexico, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico.

    • Bill Richardson shook 13,392 hands in an 8-hour period during his 2002 campaign for Governor. This shattered the record that was set on the 1907 inauguration day by former president Theodore Roosevelt.

    • Bill Richardson is Chairman of the Democratic Governor's Association, and previously chaired the Western Governors Association, Border Governor's Conference and the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

    • He is the Democratic Governor of New Mexico (2003 - Present). He was the United States Secretary of Energy (1998-2001). He was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations (1997-1998). He was a Democratic Member of the House of Representatives from New Mexico (1983-1997).

  • Quotes

    • Bill Richardson: (First Inaugural Address) My friends and fellow New Mexicans, I am deeply humbled and so very proud that you have given me this opportunity to serve as your new governor. To every New Mexican who voted for me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the confidence you have shown in me. To those who did not vote for me, I ask that you give me the chance to earn your respect and support -- and I extend to you my most sincere and optimistic wish that we can now unite and work together to build and improve our beloved New Mexico. To every New Mexican, I promise that I will use every skill, every resource, and every ounce of energy that I possess, to work with you, to move our state forward, to confront the challenges that face us. Today, we are all New Mexicans, not Democrats, not Republicans, not Independents, but New Mexicans. Let us put aside our differences, between north and south, rural and urban, between the Governor and the legislature. Let us be one New Mexico, a New Mexico family fighting for our future united, and above all, that we are in this for the long haul.

    • Bill Richardson: Referring to Kim Jong II He has a-million-and-a-half troops. He's got missiles pointed at South Korea. So he's dangerous. Now, the point is, how do you deal with him? We have not talked to him. We do it through the Chinese. We outsource our foreign policy to the Chinese.