William Blaine “Bill” Richardson III
(born November 15, 1947) is the current Governor of New Mexico. He was the first Hispanic candidate for the 2008 Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States. He was involved in several diplomatic efforts as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and afterwards and emphasized foreign policy issues during his Presidential run. He also previously served as a U.S. Representative and as the U.S. Secretary of Energy 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 was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the release of hostages, American servicemen, and political prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, and Cuba. In November of 2008, President-elect Barack Obama chose Richardson as his Commerce Secretary, and Richardson will likely be confirmed some time in 2009.
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Bill Richardson also wrote the forward to The Roswell Dig Diaries.
Bill Richardson on UFOs and Roswell