Former New Mexico Governor and Hostage Negotiator Dead at 75
BY ABQ RAW staff
New Mexico -
Bill Richardson, a native of Pasadena, California, served as the Governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2010. During his tenure, he earned praise for his commitment to education, environmental conservation, and economic development in the state.
Beyond his gubernatorial role, Richardson's career was marked by significant diplomatic achievements. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and as the U.S. Secretary of Energy, showcasing his dedication to international cooperation and clean energy initiatives. He rose through the political ranks in the Clinton administration and came back to New Mexico to run for Governor.
Perhaps most notably, Richardson's skills as a negotiator and mediator shone through in his efforts to secure the release of American hostages in various international crises.
Richardson's passing is mourned by people across the political spectrum, with many praising his lifelong dedication to humanitarian causes, diplomacy, and global peace. His last public hostage negotiation was famous WNBA star Brittney Griner for Viktor Bout, the notorious Russian arms dealer known as the "Merchant of Death."
Many famous people, local New Mexican politicos, and celebrities posted about his passing and what they meant to their lives. A memorial service has not been announced.