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The Baker Center welcomes former US Secretary of Energy and New Mexico Governor, Bill Richardson, to the Baker Center.  Gov. Richardson, a long-time environmental advocate, will give the Baker Distinguished Lecture on Energy and the Environment on April 24 @ 6 pm in the Toyota Auditorium. His topic is Policies America Should Follow to Protect the Environment!  and it is free and open to the public.

On April 25, Gov. Richardson will speak on North Korea & Global Security for a Baker Center Luncheon to be held at the Southern Depot from Noon – 1:30 pm. The cost is $20 and you must register in advance and pay at the door with cash or check.  The deadline to register is April 22 at 974-0931.

Gov. Bill 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.


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