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William Blaine “Bill” Richardson III (1947–) is an American politician who has held a number of elective and appointed positions. Most recently, he served as the governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011. Before that, he served in the Clinton administration as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and as secretary of energy. Before serving in the Clinton administration, he served in Congress as a representative from New Mexico.
Richardson was born November 15, 1947, in Pasadena, California, to a mother of Mexican descent and a father of mixed Mexican and New England Yankee background. Richardson grew up in Mexico City, Mexico, where his father was a bank official. He was sent to a New England preparatory school for his high school education. He then ...