Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a stalwart figure in Democratic politics who served as Energy Secretary and United Nations ambassador during the Clinton administration, passed away on Friday, as confirmed by the Richardson Center for Global Engagement. He was 75 years old.
Richardson peacefully passed away in his sleep at his summer residence in Massachusetts.
Throughout his lifetime, he devoted himself to serving others, encompassing his government roles and his subsequent career focused on liberating individuals unjustly held hostage or detained abroad. Mickey Bergman, Vice President of the Richardson Center, remarked, “Governor Richardson was unwavering in his commitment to engaging with anyone if it held the potential to secure someone’s freedom.”
Bergman continued, “The world has lost a tireless advocate for those wrongly detained abroad, and personally, I have lost a mentor and a cherished friend.”