Bill Richardson (1998–2001) - Secretary of Energy [cite this] ↑Bill Clinton Home Page Bill Richardson served in the Clinton administration first as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations (1997-1998) and then as secretary of energy from 1998 to 2001. Earlier, he served as a congressman from New Mexico from 1982 to 1997. Richardson was born in Pasadena, California, in 1947. He earned his bachelor's degree from Tufts University in 1970 and his master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1971. Richardson was a congressional relations aide in the State Department from 1973 to 1975 before working on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee from 1975 to 1978. He also served briefly as the executive director of the New Mexico Democratic Party (1978). From 1978 to 1982, he was president of the Richardson Trade Group. Bill Clinton Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life The American Franchise Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] Bill Clinton Home Citation Information Consulting Editor Russell L. Riley Professor Riley is co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program and project director of the William J. Clinton Presidential History Project. His writings include: The Presidency and the Politics of Racial Inequality: Nation-Keeping from 1831–1965 (Columbia University Press, 1999) American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!