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Bill Richardson
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44th President of the United States
Assumed office:
July 1, 2011
Left office:
January 20, 2013
Vice President: Amy Klobuchar
Preceded by: Mike Gravel
Succeeded by: Jon Huntsman, Jr.
46th Vice President of the United States
In office:
January 20, 2009 – July 1, 2011
President: Mike Gravel
Preceded by: Mitt Romney
Succeeded by: Amy Klobuchar
30th Governor of New Mexico
In office:
January 1, 2003 – January 20th, 2009
Lieutenant Governor: Diane Denish
Preceded by: Gary Johnson
Succeeded by: Susana Martinez
9th United States Secretary of Energy
In office:
August 18th, 1998-January 20th, 2001
President: Al Gore, Jr.
Preceded by: Federico Pena
Succeeded by: Spencer Abraham
21st United States Ambassador to the United Nations
In office:
February 13th, 1997-August 18th, 1998
President: Al Gore, Jr.
Preceded by: Madeleine Albright
Succeeded by: Richard Holbrooke
Member of the US House of Representatives from New Mexico's 3rd District
In office:
February 3rd, 1983-February 13, 1997)
Preceded by: District created
Succeeded by: William Redmond
Biography
Born: November 15th, 1947 (age 65)
Pasadena, California
Birth name: William Blaine Richardson III
Political party: Democratic
Spouse: Barbara Richardson
Alma mater: Tufts University
Religion: Roman Catholicism

William Blaine "Bill" Richardson III (born November 15, 1947) is an American politician and diplomat who was the 44th President of the United States, the first Hispanic to hold the office. Before that, he served as the 46th Vice President of the United States under Mike Gravel, as well as the 30th Governor of New Mexico, Secretary of Energy and UN Ambassador under Al Gore, Jr. and a member of the House of Representatives for New Mexico's 3rd district. He was a graduate of Tufts University, and a member of the Democratic Party.

Richardson ascended to the White House after President Gravel stepped down, and almost immediately chose as a vice president Amy Klobuchar, making history not just in his own presidency, but also in the vice presidency of Klobuchar, the first woman to hold one of the two top executive positions. In his two years as president, Richardson's primary focus was on safely ending the increasingly unpopular Jordanian War, which he was ultimately able to do. Richardson nonetheless lost his reelection bid in 2012 to Jon Huntsman, Jr.

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