Here's a look at the life of Bill Richardson, former New Mexico Governor.
Personal: Birth date: November 15, 1947
Birth place: Pasadena, California
Birth name: William Blaine Richardson III
Father: William Blaine Richardson, Jr., executive with Citibank
Mother: Maria Luisa (Lopez-Collada) Richardson
Marriage: Barbara (Flavin) Richardson (1972-present)
Education: Tufts University, B.A., 1970; Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, M.A., 1971
Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Facts: Grew up in Mexico City, Mexico, until 1960 when he attended boarding school in Massachusetts.
Has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several times.
While in Congress, he helped negotiate the release of hostages, American troops, and political prisoners in North Korea, Cuba, Sudan and Iraq.
Timeline: 1971-1973 - Aide to U.S. House Representative Frank Bradford Morse (R-Massachusetts).
1974-1976 - Staff member at the U.S. State Department.
1976-1978 - Staff member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
1978-1982 - President of Richardson Trade Group, a consulting business.
1980 - Runs unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives, losing narrowly to incumbent Manuel Lujan Jr.
January 3, 1983-February 13, 1997 - Democratic congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives for New Mexico's Third District.
1997-1998 - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
1998-2001 - U.S. Secretary of Energy.
November 5, 2002 - Elected governor of New Mexico.
January 1, 2003-January 1, 2011 - Governor of New Mexico.
2004 - Chairman of the Democratic National Convention.
2005 and 2006 - Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.
November 7, 2006 - Re-elected governor of New Mexico, defeating Republican John Dendahl.