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Former U.S. Senate candidate Rich Williamson dies

Updated: December 9, 2013 1:06PM

WASHINGTON—Richard Williamson, a Republican National Committeeman from Illinois, a foreign policy advisor to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and a former Illinois Senate candidate died Sunday, according to the Illinois Republican Party. A cause of death was not released.
Former President George W. Bush tapped Williamson to be a special envoy for Sudan in 2008, given the task to help stop the genocidal killings in the Darfur region. Under Bush, Williamson was also tapped for an ambassadorship at the United Nations.

Williamson was working on the issue of genocide and mass atrocity prevention at the time of his death with former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. In a report they issued last July they concluded, “Sixty-eight years after the Holocaust, governments continue to struggle with how to prevent genocide and mass atrocities.”
Williamson ran against former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun for a Senate seat from Illinois in 1992.
From the Illinois GOP: “The Illinois Republican Party is mourning the passing of Rich Williamson, the Republican National Committeeman for the Illinois GOP since 2010. Williamson served as chairman of the party from 1999-2001, served three presidents in senior Foreign Service roles, and was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 1992.
“Illinois Republican Party Chairman Jack Dorgan urged all Illinoisans to keep Williamson’s wife and children in their thoughts and prayers.”

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