When Governor Martinez took office, New Mexico was facing a series of ethics scandals and she pledged to fight corruption head-on. Governor Martinez kept her word. She ended the revolving door of special interests immediately hiring former administration officials, restricted the use of executive privilege, required thousands more political appointees to file financial disclosure forms, videotaped and archived legislative and board hearings for the first time in history, and signed legislation to take away the pensions of elected officials convicted of corruption, among other reforms. During her term as Governor, New Mexico recovered over $40 million from the pay-to-play scandals of the previous administration.