Hamer H. Budge was a politician and served five terms as a congressman from Idaho. Later he chaired the Securities and Exchange Commission.
He was born on November 21, 1910, in Pocatello, Idaho. He attended the College of Idaho for two years and then graduated with a B.A. from Stanford. He held a law degree from the University of Idaho.
He practiced law in Idaho from 1936 to 1942. He was elected to the Idaho State Legislature in 1939. After his military service during World War II from 1942 to 1945, he resumed his law practice and was reelected to the State Legislature. He was then elected to Congress as a U.S. Representative and served until 1960.
Budge was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Idaho and the Supreme Court of the United States. From 1964-71, he was a member of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and was appointed SEC Chairman by two different presidents. From 1971 until his retirement in 1986, Budge served as chairman of the board and president of the Investor's Group of mutual funds, a multibillion dollar fund complex based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He and his wife, Jeanne, had one daughter. They lived in Palm Desert, California from 1979 until moving to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1997. He passed away on July 22, 2003.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.