CHICAGO - Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights Rich Williamson died, the Illinois Republican Party announced Monday. Williamson has been Illinois GOP's Republican National Committeeman since 2010. He previously served as the IL GOP chairman from 1999 to 2001.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Jack Dorgan urged all Illinoisans to keep Williamson’s wife and children in their thoughts and prayers.
“Rich was a true friend, and a great diplomat,” Dorgan said. “He loved his family, loved his country, and loved this party.”
Williamson, born in 1949, served in the George W. Bush, the George H.W. Bush and the Ronald Reagan administrations in senior foreign policy positions. In 1992, he ran against former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun in the "Year of the Woman."