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    Bill Richardson
    Bill Richardson
    Energy Secretary

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    President Clinton nominated United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson to succeed Energy Federico Peña on June 18, 1998. As ambassador, Richardson extended his role as international negotiator, working with Congress to hammer out legislation to pay the United States debt to the U.N. A member of the National Security Council, he also helped construct American policy on Iraq's refusal to comply with U.N. resolutions. Richardson is particularly interested in the nuclear issues the Energy Department oversees, as his native New Mexico is home to nuclear research facilities. That involvement will no doubt come in handy if he decides to run for the New Mexico governorship.

    Nominated: June 18, 1998

    Confirmed: July 31, 1998

    Succeeded: Federico Peña

    Previous occupation: U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 1997-98; U.S. Representative (N.M.-3), 1982-1996; president, Richardson Trade Group, 1978-82; executive director, New Mexico Democratic party, 1978; staff, Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, 1975-78; congressional relations U.S. Department of State, 1973-75.

    Education: Tufts University, 1970 (B.A.); Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1971.

    Hometown: Santa Fe, N.M.

    Spouse: Barbara

    Religion: Catholic

    Of note: Richardson acted as an unofficial diplomatic negotiator during his tenure in Congress, working to secure the release of prisoners and hostages in Cuba, Iraq, Bangladesh, North Korea and Sudan. He also traveled to Haiti for peace negotiations in 1994, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize twice. He is fluent in Spanish, with good speaking and reading abilities in French.

    Department of Energy
    Forrestal Building
    1000 Independence Ave., SW
    Washington, D.C. 20585
    (202) 586-5000
    FAX: (202) 586-9987

    Background from The Post

    Murkowski Now Supports Swearing In Richardson
    August 18, 1998
    Richardson to Energy; Holbrooke to U.N.
    June 18, 1998
    Energy Secretary Peña Resigns
    April 7, 1998
    U.N. Envoy Richardson Lobbies Ex-Colleagues
    March 23, 1997
    Richardson: A Daring Diplomat
    Dec. 14, 1996
    A Little Diplomacy Goes a Long Way
    Dec. 13, 1996
    Trouble-Shooting Congressman
    July 18, 1995

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