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Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson

Governor Bill Richardson in Kensington, New Hampshire, 2006 There have been many persons named William Richardson, for an overview of such persons that have been active in American politics, see this reference note. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 428 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (488 × 683 pixels, file size: 82 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ...


Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 1, 2003
Lieutenant Diane Denish
Preceded by Gary E. Johnson

In office
August 18, 1998 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Federico Peña
Succeeded by Spencer Abraham

In office
January 21, 1997 – August 18, 1998
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Madeleine Albright
Succeeded by Richard Holbrooke

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1983 – February 13, 1997
Preceded by N/A (newly created district)
Succeeded by William T. Redmond

Born November 15, 1947 (1947-11-15) (age 60)
Pasadena, California, USA
Political party Democratic
Spouse Barbara Richardson
Alma mater Tufts University
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Welcome to the New Mexico Office of the Governor, Bill Richardson

William Blaine "Bill" Richardson III (born November 15, 1947) is the current Governor of New Mexico and was a candidate for the 2008 Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States. He has previously served as a U.S. Representative, Ambassador to the United Nations, and as the U.S. Secretary of Energy.[1] He was chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention as well as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association in 2005 and 2006, overseeing the Democrats' re-capturing of a majority of the country's governorships. Richardson has been recognized for negotiating the release of hostages, American servicemen, and political prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, and Cuba. This is a list of Governors of the state of New Mexico (est. ... Open seat redirects here. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Early life and education

Bill Richardson was born at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California to María Luisa López-Collada Márquez (born 1914) and William Blaine Richardson Jr. (1891–1972), a banker. He lived and worked in Mexico City for decades. It was his mother who largely took care of him during his youth. He has a younger sister, Vesta. Just before Richardson was born, his mother was sent to California, where her husband's sister lived, to give birth because, as Richardson explained, "My father had a complex about not having been born in the United States."[2] Three of his four grandparents were Mexican citizens, and he identifies himself as Hispanic.[2] Richardson, a U.S. citizen by birthright, was raised during his childhood in Mexico City. At age 13, Richardson's parents sent him to Massachusetts to attend a Boston-area preparatory school, Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, where he played baseball as a pitcher. He entered Tufts University in 1966 where he continued to play baseball. Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Under the currently accepted reading of the U.S. Constitutions guarantee of birthright citizenship, any person born within the United States and subject to its jurisdiction is now automatically a U.S. citizen, regardless of the legal status or the citizenship of that individual’s mother or father. ... A university-preparatory school or college-preparatory school (usually abbreviated to preparatory school, college prep school, or prep school) is a private secondary school designed to prepare a student for higher education. ... Middlesex School The Circle, Middlesex School, Concord, Massachusetts Clay Centennial Center, Middlesex School, Concord, Massachusetts Middlesex School is an independent preparatory school for grades 9 - 12 located in Concord, Massachusetts, USA. It was founded in 1901 by Frederick Winsor, who headed the school until 1937. ... Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Middlesex Settled 1635 Incorporated 1635 Government  - Type Open town meeting Area  - Total 25. ... Tufts University is a private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts, suburbs of Boston. ...


Richardson's original biographies stated that he had been drafted by the Kansas City Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers to play professional baseball, but a 2005 Albuquerque Journal investigation revealed that he never was on any official draft. Richardson acknowledged the error which he claimed was unintentional, saying that he had been scouted by several teams and told that he "would or could" be drafted, but was mistaken in saying that he was actually drafted.[3] The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team based in Oakland, California. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1913) Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899... The Albuquerque Journal is the largest newspaper in New Mexico. ...


In 1967 he pitched in the amateur Cape Cod Baseball League for the Cotuit Kettleers in Cotuit, Massachusetts. A Kettleers program included the words "Drafted by K.C." The information which according to the investigation was generally provided by the players or their college coaches. Richardson said: The Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) is a baseball league located on Cape Cod in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, in which many college baseball stars play during the summer. ... The Cotuit Kettleers are an amateur baseball team based in Cotuit, MA. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League and plays in the leagues Western Division. ... Cotuit is a village in the city of Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. ...

"When I saw that program in 1967, I was convinced I was drafted...And it stayed with me all these years."[4]

He earned a Bachelor's degree at Tufts University in 1970, majoring in French and political science and was a brother and president of Delta Tau Delta. He went on to earn a master's degree in international affairs from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1971. While still in high school, he met his future wife, Barbara Flavin. They married in 1972 and have no children. Tufts University is a private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts, suburbs of Boston. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Political Science is the field concerning the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behaviour. ... Delta Tau Delta (ΔΤΔ, DTD, or Delts) is a U.S.-based international college fraternity. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tufts University is a private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts, suburbs of Boston. ... The Cabot Intercultural Center of The Fletcher School at Tufts University The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, also called simply The Fletcher School, is the oldest graduate school of international relations in the United States. ...


Early political career

After college, Richardson worked for Republican Congressman Bradford Morse from Massachusetts. He was later a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Richardson worked on congressional relations for the Henry Kissinger State Department during the Nixon Administration. In 1978, he moved to Santa Fe and ran for Congress in 1980 as a Democrat, losing narrowly to longtime 1st District congressman and future United States Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan (R). Two years later, Richardson was elected to New Mexico's newly created third district, taking in most of the northern part of the state. U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is a standing committee of the United States Senate. ... Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923) is a German-born American politician, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. ... Department of State redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in Santa Fe County, New Mexico Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Fe Founded ca. ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate President pro tempore Dick Cheney, (R) since January 20, 2001 Robert C. Byrd, (D) since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political... The United States Secretary of the Interior is the head of the United States Department of the Interior, concerned with such matters as national parks and The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ... Categories: People stubs | 1928 births | U.S. Secretaries of the Interior ... GOP redirects here. ...


U.S. Congressman

Bill Richardson as a congressman
Bill Richardson as a congressman

Richardson spent a little more than 14 years in Congress. As a congressman, he kept his interest in foreign relations. He visited Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Peru, India, North Korea, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Sudan to represent U.S. interests. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... The term is used to describe the interaction taking place among governments, when striving to establish mutual contacts, another word for diplomacy. ...


Richardson served as Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the 98th Congress (1983–1985) and as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Native American Affairs in the 103rd Congress (1993–1994). While in the House, Richardson sponsored bills such as the Indian Tribal Justice Act, the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments, the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act, the American Indian Agricultural Resource Management Act, the Indian Dams Safety Act, the Tribal Self-Governance Act, the Indian Tribal Jurisdiction Bill (commonly known as the “Duro Fix”) and the Jicarilla Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act. // About the CHC The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is comprised of 21 Members of Congress of Hispanic descent. ...


In 1996, he traveled to Baghdad with Peter Bourne and engaged in lengthy one-on-one negotiations with Saddam Hussein to secure the release of two American aerospace workers who had been captured by the Iraqis after wandering over the Kuwaiti border. He became a member of the Democratic leadership, where he worked closely with Bill Clinton on several issues. Baghdad (Arabic: ) is the capital of Iraq and of Baghdad Governorate. ... Dr. Peter Bourne is a physician, anthropologist, biographer, author and international civil servant with experience in several senior government positions. ... Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006) was the fifth President of Iraq and Chairman of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council from 1979 until his overthrow by US forces in 2003. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...


U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

In 1997, Clinton appointed Richardson as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. As ambassador, he represented the United States in UN proceedings regarding the Palestinian National Authority and the State of Israel[5], the completion of negotiations that strengthened the role and mandate of the United Nations Environment Programme regarding ecologically sustainable development[6], as well as other duties of an ambassador to the UN. Richardson served there until 1998, when he was appointed U.S. Secretary of Energy, a post that he held for the remainder of the Clinton administration. According to his autobiography, Richardson was asked by the White House in 1997 to interview Monica Lewinsky for a job on his staff at the UN. Richardson did so, and offered her a position, which she declined.[7] United States Ambasadors to the United Nations, full title, Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations (also known as the... UN redirects here. ... “Palestinian government” redirects here. ... The State of Israel (Hebrew: מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל, transliteration: ; Arabic: دَوْلَةْ اِسْرَائِيل, transliteration: ) is a country in the Middle East on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. ... Klaus Töpfer, former UNEP Exec. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sustainable development#Environmental Sustainability . ... Seal of the United States Department of Energy The United States Secretary of Energy, the head of the United States Department of Energy, is concerned with The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ... Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom the former United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having had an inappropriate relationship[1] while Lewinsky worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996. ...


U.S. Secretary of Energy

Richardson as Secretary of Energy
Richardson as Secretary of Energy

The Senate confirmed Richardson to be Clinton's Secretary of Energy on July 31, 1998. His tenure at the Department of Energy was marred by the Wen Ho Lee nuclear espionage scandal. Richardson was also criticized by the Senate for his handling of the espionage inquiry by not testifying in front of Congress sooner. Richardson justified his response by saying that he was waiting to uncover more information before speaking to Congress.[8] Image File history File links Bill_Richardson,_official_DOE_photo. ... Image File history File links Bill_Richardson,_official_DOE_photo. ... Seal of the United States Department of Energy The United States Secretary of Energy, the head of the United States Department of Energy, is concerned with The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ... is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government responsible for energy policy and nuclear safety. ... Wen Ho Lee (Chinese: 李文和; Pinyin: Lǐ Wénhé; born December 21, 1939) is a Taiwanese American scientist who worked for the University of California operated Los Alamos National Laboratory and was accused of stealing secrets about the U.S.s nuclear arsenal for China. ... Spy and Secret agent redirect here. ...


Richardson created the Director for Native American Affairs position in the Department in 1998, and in January 2000 oversaw the largest return of federal lands, 84,000 acres (340 km²) to an Indian Tribe (the Northern Ute Tribe of Utah) in more than 100 years.[9] Richardson also directed the overhaul of the Department's consultation policy with Native American tribes and established the Tribal Energy Program. The Utes (; yoots) are an ethnically related group of American Indians now living primarily in Utah and Colorado. ...


Educational and corporate positions

With the end of the Clinton administration in January 2001, Richardson took on a number of different positions. He was an adjunct professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a lecturer at the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West.[10] In 2000, Bill Richardson was awarded a United States Institute of Peace Senior Fellowship. He spent the next year researching and writing on the negotiations with North Korea and the energy dimensions of U.S. relations. President Clintons Cabinet, circa 1993 The Presidency of Bill Clinton, also known as the Clinton Administration, was the executive branch of the federal government of the United States from 1993 to 2001 while Bill Clinton served as President of the United States. ... Harvard redirects here. ... John F. Kennedy School of Government The John F. Kennedy School of Government is a public policy school and one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. ... Students from many nations gathered for graduation in May 2003 The Armand Hammer United World College of the American West is a United World College founded in 1982 by industrialist and philanthropist Armand Hammer. ...


Richardson also joined Kissinger McLarty Associates, a "strategic advisory firm" headed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Clinton White House chief of staff Mack McLarty, as Senior Managing Director.[11] He also served on the corporate boards of several energy companies, including Valero Energy Corporation and Diamond Offshore Drilling. He withdrew from these boards after being nominated by the Democratic Party for governor of New Mexico, but retained considerable stock holdings in Valero and Diamond Offshore.[12] He would later sell these stocks during his campaign for President in 2007, saying he was "getting questions" about the propriety of these holdings, especially given his past as energy secretary, and that it had become a "distraction".[13] Kissinger Associates, Inc. ... Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923) is a German-born American politician, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. ... Thomas F. (Mack) McLarty III, (born 1946) is a prominent Arkansas business and political leader and former White House Chief of Staff for US President Bill Clinton, and current President of Kissinger McLarty Associates (his consulting company with Henry Kissinger) and President and Chief Executive Officer of Asbury Automotive Arkansas... Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio, Texas, with 21,836 employees and annual revenue of more than US$90 billion. ... Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. ...


Governor of New Mexico

Richardson was elected governor of New Mexico in November 2002, having defeated the Republican candidate, John Sanchez, 56–39 percent. He succeeded a two-term Republican governor, Gary E. Johnson. He took office in January 2003 as the only Hispanic Governor in the United States, other than then-Governor Sila María Calderón of Puerto Rico. In his first year, Richardson proposed "tax cuts to promote growth and investment" and passed a broad personal income tax cut and won a statewide special election to transfer money from the state's Permanent Fund to meet current expenses and projects. In early 2005, Richardson made New Mexico the first state in the nation to provide $400,000 in life insurance coverage for New Mexico National Guardsmen who serve on active duty. Thirty-five states have since followed suit. GOP redirects here. ... Gary Earl Johnson (born January 1, 1953) was the Republican governor of the U.S. state of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003. ... Hispanic (Spanish: ; Portuguese: ; Latin: , adjective from Hispānia, the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula) is a term that historically denoted relation to the ancient Hispania and its peoples. ... Sila María Calderón Serra (born September 23, 1942) was the seventh Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico from 2001 to 2005. ... A tax cut is a reduction in the rate of tax charged by a government, for example on personal or corporate income. ... Life insurance or life assurance is a contract between the policy owner and the insurer, where the insurer agrees to pay a sum of money upon the occurrence of the insured individuals or individuals death. ... The United States National Guard is a significant component of the United States armed forces military reserve. ...


Working with the legislature, he formed Governor Richardson's Investment Partnership (GRIP) in 2003. The partnership has been used to fund large-scale public infrastructure projects throughout New Mexico, including, through the use of highway funds, a brand new commuter rail line (the Railrunner) that runs between Belen, Albuquerque, and Bernalillo. He supported LGBT rights in his career as governor; he added sexual orientation and gender identity to New Mexico's list of civil rights categories. During the summer of 2003, he met with a delegation from North Korea at their request to discuss concerns over that country's use of nuclear energy. At the request of the White House, he also flew to North Korea in 2005, and met with another North Korean delegation in 2006. On December 7, 2006, Richardson was named as the "Special Envoy for Hemispheric Affairs" for the Secretary General of the Organization of American States with the mandate to "promote dialogue on issues of importance to the region, such as immigration and free trade"[14]. Rail Runner train in Albuquerque The New Mexico Rail Runner Express is a commuter rail system serving the metropolitan area of Albuquerque, New Mexico. ... Belen is a charactor in the mythical universe of J.R.R. Tolkien, the son of Bëor the Old or The Spanish word for a Nativity scene Categories: Disambiguation ... Bernalillo is a town located in Sandoval County, New Mexico. ... The initialism LGBT also GLBT is in use (since the 1990s) to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, usually conceived of as classifiable according to the sex or gender of the persons whom the individual finds sexually attractive. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... This article concerns the energy stored in the nuclei of atoms; for the use of nuclear fission as a power source, see Nuclear power. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Headquarters Washington, D.C. Official languages English, French, Portuguese, Spanish Membership 35 countries Leaders  -  Secretary General José Miguel Insulza Chile (since 26 May 2005) Establishment  -  Charter first signed 30 April 1948 in effect 1 December 1951  Website http://www. ...


He was named Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and announced a desire to increase the role of Democratic governors in deciding the future of their party. The Democratic Governors Association is a Washington, D.C.-based organization founded in 1983, consisting of U.S. state and territorial governors affiliated with the Democratic Party. ...


In 2003, Richardson backed and signed legislation creating a permit system for New Mexicans to carry concealed handguns. He applied for and received a concealed weapons permit, though by his own admission he seldom carries a gun. [15] A handgun is a firearm small enough to be carried and used in one hand. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 2006, Forbes credited Richardson's reforms in naming Albuquerque, New Mexico the best city in the U.S. for business and careers. The Cato Institute, meanwhile, has consistently rated Richardson as one of the most fiscally responsible Democratic governors in the nation. For other uses, see Forbes (disambiguation). ... The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Institutes stated mission is to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets, and peace by striving to achieve greater involvement...


In December 2005, Richardson announced the intention of New Mexico to partner with billionaire Richard Branson to bring space tourism to the proposed Spaceport America located near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. ... Spaceport America (Also known as Southwest Regional Spaceport) is located on 27 square-miles of state-owned desert near Upham, New Mexico, 45 miles north of Las Cruces, and 30 miles east of Truth or Consequences. ... The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum Las Cruces is a city in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. ...


In March 2006, Richardson vetoed legislation that would ban the use of eminent domain to transfer property to private developers, as allowed by the Supreme Court's 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London.[16] He promised to work with the legislature to draft new legislation addressing the issue in the 2007 legislative session. Eminent domain (United States), compulsory purchase (United Kingdom, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland), resumption/compulsory acquisition (Australia) or expropriation (Canada, South Africa) in common law legal systems is the inherent power of the state to seize a citizens private property, expropriate property, or rights in property, without the owner... The Supreme Court of the United States (sometimes colloquially referred to by the acronym SCOTUS[1]) is the highest judicial body in the United States and leads the federal judiciary. ... Holding The governmental taking of property from one private owner to give to another in furtherance of economic development constitutes a permissible public use under the Fifth Amendment. ...


On September 7, 2006, Richardson flew to Sudan to meet Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and successfully negotiated the release of imprisoned journalist Paul Salopek. Salopek had been charged by the Sudanese with espionage on August 26, 2006, while on a National Geographic assignment. is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Field Marshal Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir (Arabic: عمر حسن احمد البشير, born January 1, 1944) is a Sudanese military leader, politician, and current president of Sudan. ... Paul Salopek (born February 9, 1962 in Barstow, California)[1] is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning writer. ... is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Geographic Society was founded in the USA on January 27, 1888, by 33 men interested in organizing a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge. ...


Richardson won his second term as Governor of New Mexico on November 7, 2006, 68–32 percent against former New Mexico Republican Party Chairman John Dendahl. Richardson received the highest percentage of votes in any gubernatorial election in the state's history.[17] is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Dendahl is a sydicated colomnist and Republican politician. ...


In December 2006, Richardson announced that he would support a ban on cockfighting in New Mexico.[18] On March 12, 2007, Richardson signed into law a bill that would ban cockfighting in New Mexico. Puerto Rico is now the only part of the United States where cockfighting is legal.[19] The Cock Fight by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1847) Training for a cockfight in Hell-Bourg, Réunion A cockfight is a blood sport between two specially trained roosters held in a ring called a cockpit. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


In January 2007, at the request of the Save Darfur Coalition, he brokered a 60-day cease fire between al-Bashir and leaders of several rebel factions in Darfur, the western Sudanese region. The cease-fire never became effective, however, with allegations of breaches on all sides.[20] January 2007 is the first month of that year. ... For other uses, see Darfur (disambiguation). ...


During New Mexico's most recent legislative session, Richardson signed a bill into law that made New Mexico the 12th state to legalize marijuana for medical reasons. When asked if this would hurt him in a Presidential election, he stated that it did not matter, as it was "the right thing to do."[21] Cannabis, also known as marijuana[1] or ganja (Hindi: गांजा),[2] is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa. ... Cannabis sativa extract. ...


Richardson's current term in office ends in 2011 and he is term-limited from a third term as governor[22].


2008 presidential campaign

Main article: Bill Richardson presidential campaign, 2008

Richardson was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 2008 presidential election but dropped out on January 10, 2008 after lackluster showings in the first primary and caucus contests. Despite his long history with the Clinton family, Richardson endorsed Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination on March 21, 2008.[23] Commentator and Clinton ally James Carville famously compared Richardson to Judas Iscariot for the move.[24] Richardson responded in a Washington Post article, feeling "compelled to defend [himself] against character assassination and baseless allegations."[25] This article is about the nomination process. ... Presidential electoral votes by state The U.S. presidential election of 2008 is scheduled to occur on November 4, 2008. ... Barack Obama, the junior United States Senator from Illinois, announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States in Springfield, Illinois, on February 10, 2007. ... is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... James Carville James Carville (born October 25, 1944) is an American political consultant, commentator, media personality and pundit. ... For other uses, see Judas. ...


Writings

Richardson has authored two books:

  • Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life autobiography, published March 2007
  • Leading by Example: How We Can Inspire an Energy and Security Revolution released October 2007

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Electoral history

New Mexico Gubernatorial Election 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bill Richardson 256,561 56.3 17.2
Republican John Sanchez 177,739 39.1
New Mexico Gubernatorial Election 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bill Richardson (Incumbent) 384,260 68.8 +12.5
Republican John Dendahl 174,214 31.2

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Notes

  1. ^ Richardson, William Blaine: Biographical Information. Library of Congress.
  2. ^ a b Joel Achenbach. "The Pro-Familia Candidate", Washington Post, 2007-05-27. Retrieved on 2008-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Richardson backs off baseball claim", Associated Press, 2005-11-25. Retrieved on 2008-01-01. 
  4. ^ Four decades later, Richardson acknowledges he wasn't drafted by pro baseball team - Associated Press - November 24, 2005 (via freenewmexican.com).
  5. ^ Yearbook of the United Nations 1997
  6. ^ "1997 — Nairobi Declaration redefines and strengthens UNEP's role and mandate". United Nations Environment Programme.
  7. ^ Irvine, Reed and Cliff Kincaid. "Bill Richardson Caught In Clinton Undertow". Media Monitor. August 21, 1998.
  8. ^ Christopher McCaleb, Ian, "Richardson says FBI has determined drives did not leave Los Alamos", CNN, June 21, 2000
  9. ^ CNN staffs and wire reports, http://archives.cnn.com/2000/US/01/14/indian.lands/ "U.S. land transfer to Utah tribe would be largest in 100 years"], "CNN", January 14, 2000
  10. ^ Pickler, Nedra, "Richardson declares presidential campaign", The Denver Post, May 22, 2007
  11. ^ Fundación Consejo España-EEUU Bio
  12. ^ Worden, Nat, "Big Oil Ties Could Muck Up Richardson's Bid", TheStreet.com, June 11, 2007
  13. ^ Associated Press, "Bill Richardson Sells Stock in Valero Energy Corp. Amid Questions", Fox News, June 1, 2007
  14. ^ Press Releases
  15. ^ Concord Monitor, "Richardson stands out as pro-gun Democrat", 2008
  16. ^ "Governor vetoes eminent domain legislation" Santa Fe New Mexican, March 8, 2006
  17. ^ "Council Members: Governor Bill Richardson" New Mexico State Investment Council. See also New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2006.
  18. ^ "Governor will support a ban on cockfighting" Santa Fe New Mexican, December 27, 2006
  19. ^ "Cockfighting outlawed" KRQE News 13, March 12, 2007
  20. ^ U.S. Governor Brokers Truce For Darfur The New York Times, January 11, 2007.
  21. ^ "Richardson says supporting medical marijuana 'is right thing to do'"
  22. ^ http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/BOS4-9.pdf
  23. ^ "Richardson: 'I am very loyal to the Clintons' "
  24. ^ First a Tense Talk With Clinton, Then Richardson Backs Obama - New York Times
  25. ^ [1]

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References

  • Brooke, James (December 14, 1996). "Traveling Troubleshooter Is Ready to Settle Down, at the U.N.: THE SECOND TERM: The New Lineup William Blaine Richardson". The New York Times, pp. 11.
  • Rankin, Adam (July 10, 2005). "Richardson Named As Likely Source of Wen Ho Lee Leak". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved on 2007-03-01.

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2006 New Mexico gubernatorial campaign
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Political offices
Preceded by
Federico Peña
United States Secretary of Energy
1998 – 2001
Served Under: Bill Clinton
Succeeded by
Spencer Abraham
Preceded by
Gary E. Johnson
Governor of New Mexico
2003 – present
Incumbent
United States House of Representatives
New district Member from New Mexico's 3rd congressional district
January 3, 1983February 13, 1997
Succeeded by
William T. Redmond
Preceded by
Robert García
Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
1983 - 1985
Succeeded by
Matthew G. Martinez
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Madeleine Albright
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
1997 – 1998
Served Under: Bill Clinton
Succeeded by
Richard Holbrooke
Awards
Preceded by
Bob Dole
Theodore Roosevelt Award (NCAA)
1999
Succeeded by
Roger Staubach
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