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Current position: Governor of New Mexcio (elected November 2002)

Curriculum vitae:

  • Congressman for New Mexico (1983-1997)

  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1997-1998)

  • U.S. Secretary of Energy (1998-2001)

    Memorable quotes:

  • "The partnership between our two countries [Israel and the U.S.] has never been stronger. We are fortunate to have each other in the fight against terrorism and in advancing our common cause of a lasting peace in the Middle East." (March 2006)

  • "I do think you have to deal with Syria. How can you disarm Hezbollah? How can you control their supply lines without dealing with Syria?... they have to be plugged in to an overall settlement because we have diplomatic relations with Syria. The relationship is not good but it doesn't make sense to try to fashion a settlement without all the major actors. Iran is another story. I believe you have to deal with them differently. But with Syria they're directly engaged and I do believe we have to move in rapidly. Unless there is aggressive diplomacy this situation is going to deteriorate to the point where you can't put it back together." (Larry King Live, July 26, 2006)

  • "If we would have had a permanent Middle East envoy in the region, we would have been in a better position to disarm Hezbollah and protect Israel." (July 2006)

  • "Our commitment to the security of Israel is not negotiable." (Tel Aviv University, February 2000)

    Other information:

  • Announced in 2005 he that he will run in the next presidential elections

  • In February 2000 he agreed to improve co-operation with Israel on non-sensitive nuclear and other energy technologies. Whereas Washington had previously declared Israel a 'sensitive' country because it had not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, he said the move "was a signal that Israel was a friendly country. It is not treated in a similar fashion to others on our list of 'sensitive' countries."

    Useful links:Official Web site of New Mexico Governor