Marking NM’s Historic Women: María “Concha” Concepión Ortiz y Pino de Kleven

Photo Credit: Palace of the Governors Photo Archives
Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven and Sheepherder With Caracul Lambs
Jose Ortiz y Pino Ranch, Galisteo, New Mexico – 1939
Photo By: New Mexico Tourist Bureau
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María “Concha” Concepción Ortiz y Pino de Kleven (1910–2006)

“Concha” was a rancher and the first female Majority Whip of a state legislature in the nation. She helped implement legislation for women’s rights, the handicapped, and bilingual education and also championed the arts and Hispanic culture. She served on sixty local and national boards helping to improve the lives of others. Vista Magazine honored her as “Latina of the Century” in 1999.

Roadside Marker Location: Torrance County, US Hwy 285, Mile Marker 254.6

March is Women’s History Month. During this month we’ll be highlighting some of the women featured on New Mexico’s Historic Women Roadside Markers. Text provided by our colleagues at New Mexico Historic Preservation Division

You can view the locations of the Historic Women on a map interface at