Hamer H. Budge

Hamer Budge

circa 1955
16th Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission
In office
February 22, 1969  January 2, 1971
Preceded by Manuel F. Cohen
Succeeded by William J. Casey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1951  January 3, 1961
Preceded by John Sanborn
Succeeded by Ralph Harding
Personal details
Born Hamer Harold Budge
November 21, 1910
Pocatello, Idaho
Died July 22, 2003(2003-07-22) (aged 92)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Resting place Cloverdale Cemetery
Boise, Idaho
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marjorie Jeanne Keithly[1]
Budge (19162007)
(m.19412003, his death)[2]
Children Kathleen Budge
Residence Boise
Alma mater Stanford University, 1933
University of Idaho
College of Law, J.D. 1936
Profession Attorney
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch U.S. Navy
Years of service 19421945
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Battles/wars World War II

Hamer Harold Budge (November 21, 1910 July 22, 2003) was an American politician. He was a five-term congressman from Idaho and later chaired the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Early life and family

Born in Pocatello, Idaho, Budge was the youngest of eight children of a Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court,[3] Alfred Budge (18681951)[4] and Ella Hoge Budge (18751970,[5] m.1892). His father was appointed to the Idaho Supreme Court in November 1914, and the family relocated from Pocatello to Boise. Justice Budge retired from the state's highest court 34 years later in December 1948, at age 80.[6] Hamer Budge attended the public schools in Boise and the College of Idaho in Caldwell. He transferred to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and graduated in 1933, then attended the University of Idaho College of Law in Moscow. Budge graduated in 1936, passed the bar, and went into private practice in Boise. He was a member of the state legislature from 1939 through 1941 and in 1949 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from 1942 through 1945, leaving as a lieutenant commander.[1]


When Republican Congressman John Sanborn chose to pursue the U.S. Senate seat rather than a third term in 1950, it left the 2nd district seat open. Both nominees were from Boise, and Budge defeated Democrat state senator James Hawley in the 1950 election to become the first Mormon to represent Idaho in either house of Congress. He served in the House for ten years; an attempt at a sixth term came up short in 1960, with a loss to 31-year-old Democrat Ralph Harding of Blackfoot.

U.S. House elections (Idaho's 2nd district): Results 1950–1960
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1950 James H. Hawley, Jr. 50,225 42.9% Hamer Budge 66,966 57.1%
1952 W.H. "Pete" Jensen 52,692 33.8% Hamer Budge (inc.) 103,047 66.2%
1954 William P. Whitaker 52,681 39.2% Hamer Budge (inc.) 81,824 60.8%
1956 J.W. Reynolds 60,552 40.0% Hamer Budge (inc.) 90,738 60.0%
1958 Tim Brennan 64,214 45.0% Hamer Budge (inc.) 78,553 55.0%
1960 Ralph Harding 90,161 51.2% Hamer Budge (inc.) 86,100 48.8%


After Congress

When his fifth congressional term ended in 1961, Budge became a judge in the Third Judicial District of Idaho in Boise. In 1964, he was appointed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Budge was chairman of the SEC from 1969 until he resigned on January 2, 1971.

Budge then served as the president of a mutual funds group in Minneapolis until he retired in 1978.[1] He died in 2003 at age 92 in Arizona and was buried in Idaho at Cloverdale Cemetery in west Boise.[8] His wife and parents are also buried there.[2][4][5]

He was a member of the Elks, Eagles, American Bar Association, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon[9]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

  1. 1 2 3 "Hamer Harold Budge". San Diego Union-Tribune. New York Times news service. August 5, 2003. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Marjorie Jeanne Kiethly Budge". Find a Grave. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  3. French, Hiram Taylor (1914). History of Idaho: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress ..., Volume 2. Google Books. p. 715.
  4. 1 2 "Alfred Budge (18681951)". Find a Grave. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  5. 1 2 "Ella Hoge Budge (18751970)". Find a Grave. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  6. "Veteran idaho jurist is dead". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. January 25, 1951. p. 5.
  7. "Office of the Clerk: Election statistics". U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  8. Hamer Harold Budge (1910 - 2003) - Find A Grave Memorial
  9. The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Buckrop to Buel
Government offices
Preceded by
Manuel F. Cohen
Securities and Exchange Commission Chair
Succeeded by
William J. Casey
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