Born: Pasadena, California
Richardson was elected governor of New Mexico in 2002. A four-time
nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, Richardson served in Congress
and was the first Hispanic to hold two Cabinet positions—U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of Energy.
mother spoke to me in Spanish and my father spoke to me in
English. I grew up totally bilingual and bicultural.”
high school, Bill Richardson turned down a spot on the Kansas
City Athletics baseball team to attend college. On a class
trip to Washington, D.C., he heard a speech by Senator Hubert
Humphrey that inspired him to pursue public service.
don't want to be just another Hispanic politician. Hispanics
don't just care about civil rights, immigration, and affirmative
action. We care about jobs, education, and other mainstream
addition to serving in Congress and as Secretary of Energy,
Richardson successfully negotiated the release of Americans
held hostage in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba, and Sudan.