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Bill Richardson at the Baker Center

Governor Bill Richardson will present the Baker Center Distinguished Lecture on Energy and the Envirnment on April 24, 2013, and will also be our speaker at the Center’s Global Security Luncheon on April 25, 2013.  Please see the announcement for details and how to make reservations.

Governor Richardson has had a distinguished government career for more than 28 years. Today, as a private citizen, he continues to work on issues related to public policy, energy and the environment, and international relations, most recently visiting North Korea with Google chief, Eric Schmidt.
Richardson served two terms as Governor of New Mexico, 2003-2011. He made New Mexico the Clean Energy State, by requiring utilities to meet 20% of New Mexico’s electrical demand from renewable sources and he established a Renewable Energy Transmission Authority. Richardson also served as US Secretary of Energy from 1998-2001 under President Bill Clinton and as Ambassador to the United Nations from 1997-1998. Prior to that, he was a US Congressman from New Mexico from 1983-1997. While a congressman, he successfully won the release of hostages, American servicemen and prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba and Sudan.

Since 2011, Richardson has been named to various boards, including:

  • AMP Electric Vehicles
  • Global Political Strategies
  • Organization of American States
  • World Resources Institute
  • Refugees International
  • National Council for Science & the Environment
  • Senior Fellow for Latin America at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

Richardson received a BA from Tufts University and a MA from Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1971.  You can learn more about him at his website

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