Hubert Leon "Bill" Richardson (December 28, 1927 – January 13, 2020) founded Gun Owners of America (GOA) in 1975 and served as a California state senator from 1966–89. He served as the state senate's Republican Caucus Chair for several of these years. He was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1974, having been defeated by incumbent Alan Cranston. He ran for Congress in 1962, and again in 1992, having lost 40–51 percent to Democrat Vic Fazio, member of the United States House of Representatives from California's 3rd congressional district.
Richardson was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1927 and served in the United States Navy in World War II. He was educated at Olympic College and the Cornish Conservatory, both in Seattle, Washington. He was the father of action-film screenwriter Doug Richardson. He died on January 13, 2020 at the age of 92.
Slightly to the Right. Whittier, California: Constructive Action, 1965.
What Makes You Think We Read the Bills? Ottawa, Illinois: Caroline House, 1978.
The Devil's Eye. Dallas: Word, 1995.
The Shadows of Crazy Mountain. Dallas: Word, 1996.