Rich Williamson http://wuis.org en Former Diplomat And U.S. Senate Candidate Rich Williamson Dead At 64 http://wuis.org/post/former-diplomat-and-us-senate-candidate-rich-williamson-dead-64 <p>The Illinois Republican Party has confirmed Rich Williamson has died.&nbsp; He passed away Sunday.</p><p>The Chicago resident was a long-time leader in the Illinois GOP. He lost a nationally watched campaign against Carol Moseley Braun in 1992. She went on to become the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate. &nbsp;</p><p>Williamson was chairman of the state Republican Party from 1999-2001 and has served as Republican National Committeeman for Illinois since 2010. He served in diplomatic roles under three presidents and authored numerous books and articles. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:21:19 +0000 Associated Press 14619 at http://wuis.org Former Diplomat And U.S. Senate Candidate Rich Williamson Dead At 64