Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Inez Bushner Gill (1918–1982) and Maralyn Budke (1936–2010)
Inez Bushner Gill impressed governors, legislators and journalists with her fiscal expertise. Among the original staff of the Legislative Council Service when it was founded in 1951, she served as fiscal analyst and principal staff for its finance committee. In 1957, she helped establish separate staff for what today is the Legislative Finance Committee. Inez developed many of the financial procedures that modernized state government and helped create the Department of Finance and Administration, bringing order to the chaos of state finances.
Maralyn Budke, Inez Gill’s first intern, joined the Legislative Finance Committee in 1959 and was its first woman director from 1968-1982. A brilliant strategist and trusted advisor, Maralyn was a confidant to legislative leaders and chief of staff for Governors Cargo and Carruthers. Highly valued for her knowledge and insight, she mentored legislative and executive staff during 40 years of exemplary public service. Maralyn and Inez were two of the most important and influential women in New Mexico state government.
Location. 35° 40.993′ N, 105° 56.436′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker is on Don Gaspar Avenue 0.1 miles north of South Capitol Place, on the left when traveling south. The marker is adjacent to a walkway leading into the New Mexico State Capitol from Don Gaspar Avenue, just north of South Capitol Place. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lamy Building (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Miguel Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The "Oldest" House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mother Magdalen and the Sisters of Loretto (1852-1968) (approx. 0.2 miles away); La Castrense (approx. 0.3 miles away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); U.S.S. Santa Fe CL-60 (approx. 0.3 miles away); End of Santa Fe Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
More about this marker. This marker is set into a nicely landscaped area next to the walkway.
Also see . . .
1. Maralyn Budke, Extraordinary New Mexico Public Servant.
Maralyn was one of the leaders of a national committee that planned the formation of the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Officers and served as that organization's first president in 1975-76. During her service to governors, she received only $1 per year for her service--but didn't cash her annual check. (Submitted on April 2, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Santa Fe Living Treasures – Elder Stories.
In 1967, just 10 years after her graduation from the University of New Mexico with a degree in political science, Maralyn Budke became chief of staff for the state's governor, David Cargo.
It was a remarkable job at a remarkably young age--and was just the first of dozens of similar distinctions to come in her remarkable life. (Submitted on April 2, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Women
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2020. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 517 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on July 9, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. Photos: 1. submitted on April 2, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.