Last updated on: 5/13/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Bill Richardson Biography

Title:
Former Governor of New Mexico (D)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“I support a sensible, compassionate plan that makes medical marijuana available to patients suffering from life-threatening diseases. Such a plan must have proper safeguards and restrictions against abuse. I oppose any plan to decriminalize any drug that is currently illegal for recreational use. I also think it is irresponsible for any public official to publicly advocate decriminalization, because such actions send a terrible and contradictory message both to law enforcement and children who should be taught that illegal drugs are dangerous.”

“Bill Richardson (i), Democrat,” The Albuquerque Tribune, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Governor of New Mexico (D), 2002-Jan. 2011
  • Candidate for Office of US President (announced March 28, 2007)
  • Chairman, Freedom House, 2001-2003
  • Senior Managing Director, Kissinger McLarty, 2001-2002
  • Secretary, US Department of Energy, 1998-2001
  • US Ambassador to the United Nations,1997-1998
  • Member, US House of Representatives (D-NM),1983-1997
  • President, Richardson Trade Group, 1978-1982
  • Executive Director, New Mexico Democratic Party, 1978
  • Executive Director, Bernalillo County Democratic Committee , 1978
  • Staff, US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, 1975-1978
  • Staff, US Department of State, 1973-1975
  • Staff, US House of Representatives, 1971-1972
  • Former Boardmember, Natural Resource Defense Council
  • Former Boardmember, United Way International.
  • Former Chairman, Western Governors’ Association
  • Former Chairman, Border Governors’ Conference
  • Former Chairman, 2004 Democratic National Convention
  • Former Teacher various colleges and universities
  • Former Staffer for a local Democratic Party
  • Education:
  • MA, Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1971
  • BA, Tufts University, 1970
  • Other:
  • Legal name: William Blaine Richardson, III
  • Nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize (for negotiating the release of hostages, American servicemen and political prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, and Cuba)