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I am saddened to learn of the passing of Governor Bill Richardson and offer my deepest condolences to his loved ones. Bill dedicated his life to public service as a Congressman, Governor of New Mexico, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Secretary of Energy. After leaving government Bill continued serving others through the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, where he worked tirelessly to secure the release of Americans held unjustly overseas and reunite them with their families. Whether inside or outside of government, he was driven by a fierce belief in the power of diplomacy. He demonstrated the value of engagement and charted an inspiring path for future generations of public servants to follow. We honor Bill’s legacy today and will carry on his work to advance the cause of diplomacy.

U.S. Department of State

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