Governor Bill Richardson was elected Governor of New Mexico
in 2002 by the largest margin of any candidate since 1964.
Governor Richardson just completed his third legislative
session, successfully cutting taxes for more than 500,000
working New Mexicans, creating opportunities through a
statewide Pre-Kindergarten program, revamping the state’s
higher education system, and increasing access to quality
In just over two years, Governor Richardson has made good
on his campaign promises to improve education, cut income
taxes and the tax on food, build a high-wage economy,
develop a statewide water plan and make New Mexico safer by
getting tough on DWI, domestic violence and sex crimes.
Governor Richardson has been credited for implementing the
most forward-looking clean energy agenda in the nation.
As a result, New Mexico is now a national leader in job
growth and economic momentum. The state has a balanced
budget and one of the highest budget reserves in the
Governor Richardson currently serves as Chairman of the
Democratic Governors’ Association. Governor Richardson is
also past chairman of:
Western Governors’ Association
Border Governors’ Conference
2004 Democratic National Convention
Governor Richardson served for 15 years as New Mexico’s
Representative in the 3rd Congressional District. Governor
Richardson served in 1997 as the U.S. Ambassador to the
United Nations, and in 1998, he was unanimously confirmed
by the U.S. Senate as Secretary of the U.S. Department of
Energy. Governor Richardson has been nominated several
times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Books:Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life, November 2005