On May 21, 2007, Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico, (b. November 15, 1947 in Pasadena, California) and the nation's only Latino governor, declare that he's a candidate for the 2008 presidential race.
The following is a guide to Bill Richardson at About.com Liberal Politics, including articles, profiles and books authored by the governor.
Bill Richardson Profile & Articles
Profile of Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico - Personal and family life data, areas of interest, and info about his Nobel Peace Prize nominations, 7 terms in the House of Representatives (1983-97) and stints as UN Ambassador (1997-98) and as US Secretary of Energy (1998-01).
Republican Ruminations and Bill Richardson at Thanksgiving Dinner - "Uncle Jack then shook my worldview when he firmly announced, "I like Bill Richardson. He's got experience and he understands foreign relations... "
Richardson in 2008 Fundraising Statistics & Contributor Info - As of Sept 30, 2007, which is the most recent Federal Election Commission quarterly report.
Report Cards for Top Democrats in the 2008 Race - May 7, 2007
Based on, and includes links to, major speeches delivered by the top 2008 Democratic candidates to the California 2007 Democratic Convention.
Bill Richardson's Plan to Make America a Clean Energy Nation - What I admire about Gov. Richardson's bold energy agenda, proposed in May 2007, is that it's detailed and thoughtful, practical, aggressive, and it's based on his extensive experience and knowledge gleaned as U.S. Energy Secretary and as two-term governor.
Gov. Bill Richardson: A Plan to Prevent a Nuclear 9-11 - Text of Gov. Richardson's brilliant March 28, 2007 speech laying our a 4-point plan to establish urgently-needed global nuclear safety standards.
Take a Closer Look at Bill Richardson for President in 2008 - May 21, 2007
"Here's what Bill Richardson doesn't have: the charisma (or bestseller writing talent) of Barack Obama, the moneyed connections of Bill and Hillary Clinton, or the spellbinding communication skills of John Edwards.
Instead, Richardson has hands-on experience, proven skills and a long track record of successes."
Gov. Bill Richardson's Rousing Speech at the DNC Winter 2007 Meeting, Feburary 7, 2007
Democratic Stars Spitzer, Richardson Sworn-In as Governors, January 2, 2007
Bill Richardson, 2008 Democratic Hopeful, Scores Another Diplomatic Coup, September 9, 2006
Democrat Bill Richardson to Take Top Role in Bush Talks with North Korea, October 15, 2005
Authored by Bill Richardson
"Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life" - In this engaging autobiography, Richardson describes his career, documenting how, after gaining a taste for politics in college and in the international affairs program at the Fletcher School, he worked his way up from Capitol Hill staffer to U.S. congressman, United Nations ambassador, 4-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, epartment of Energy Secretary and now governor of New Mexico.
Like Richardson, this book is permeated by warmth, blunt speaking, charm and savvy... all unusual for political books and for politicians.