Two of Gov. Susana Martinez’s longest-serving Cabinet secretaries were reconfirmed by the Senate today on decisive votes.
Senators voted 38-2 to confirm Workforce Solutions Secretary Celina Bussey, then voted 36-2 to confirm Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla.
Both Bussey and Padilla were among Martinez’s original Cabinet appointees after the Republican governor was first elected in 2010.
Under a 2008 change to the state Constitution, agency heads returning for a governor’s second term in office are subject to reconfirmation by the Senate.
Padilla and Bussey have experienced bumps in their tenure, but have avoided high-profile controversies.
For instance, the Workforce Solutions Department has struggled to reduce wait times for individuals seeking jobless benefits, though Bussey was complimented today by senators for being responsive to their concerns.
Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, was the only member of the chamber to cast votes against both Bussey and Padilla.
To date, no Martinez administration Cabinet secretary has been rejected by the full Senate.