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Heinrich Statement on the Passing of Former Governor Bill Richardson

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in response to the passing of former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson:

“Governor Bill Richardson believed New Mexico could do big things. His ambition for our state meant he never accepted mediocrity, and always pushed us to fight for the future we deserved. I was privileged to serve in his administration and will forever be grateful for all that he taught me. Governor Richardson’s legacy will have a lasting impact on the United States and the world, as it already has had on me and so many others. Julie and I have the Richardson family in our thoughts.”

In 2006, Governor Bill Richardson appointed Heinrich to serve in his administration as Natural Resources Trustee, a position Heinrich held until his election to the United States House of Representatives in 2008.

Last month, Senators Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján nominated Governor Richardson for the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize to honor his work and dedication to the safe return of political prisoners and hostages around the world.