|Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts|
|2007 - Present|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Texas Agriculture Commissioner|
|1998 - 2006|
|Texas House of Representatives|
|J.D.||University of Texas Law School|
Combs was initially elected as comptroller on November 7, 2006, succeeding Carole Strayhorn, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for governor as an Independent in the same election. Prior to her tenure as Comptroller, Combs served two terms as Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture from 1999–2007, having succeeded commissioner Rick Perry, who was instead elected as lieutenant governor. Combs has also worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the City of Dallas, Texas and as a state director for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
- Vassar College, B.A.
- University of Texas Law School, J.D.
Comptroller of Public Accounts, State of Texas (2007-present)
"Where the money goes"
Combs spearheaded the creation of an online portal for state expenditures, “Where the Money Goes.” The basis for the site began with Combs’ first week in office in January 2007, when she posted detailed expenditure information for the Comptroller’s office online. Before transparency legislation was signed into Texas law on June 15, 2007, Combs had already built the Web site detailing expenditures of 24 agencies responsible for 80 percent of the state’s spending.
The site was later re-launched under the name “Where the Money Goes” in October 2007. The site now offers users a free, searchable database of all state agency expenditures. The four major search functions on the portal include state agency search, vendor search, spending category search and purchasing code search, a feature that allows users to “drill down” to item levels for the biggest agencies.
Open Book Texas
On Dec. 3, 2008, Combs introduced Book Texas, a three-part set of initiatives aimed at improving government spending, transparency and accounting accuracy. The Comptroller’s Texas Smart Buy initiative gives state agencies and local governments access to an online shopping cart to purchase goods and services through state-negotiated contracts, effectively leveraging the state of Texas’ bulk buying power to receive lower prices. Combs is also directing a comprehensive study of ways to integrate data across Texas state government to make processes and systems more cohesive, standardized and efficient.
Texas Transparency Check-up
Combs had declared herself in support of transparency for the state budget and state expenses. Most important in terms of transparency, Combs unveiled a new Web site, Texas Transparency Check-Up, which expands the Comptroller’s previous online accountability efforts and encourages transparency at all levels of Texas government finance. The Web site offers transparency guidance to local governments and provides Texans an opportunity to see how well their local governments stack up in offering online access to financial information.
Agricultural Commissioner, State of Texas (1998-2007)
Texas House of Representatives, Texas House District 47 (1993-1996)
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Susan Combs's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Susan Combs's Campaign Contributions|
Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Texas Agriculture Commissioner
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$1,037||$85,884||$253,887||$187,438|
|Top 5 contributors||Bob Perry||$150,000||Bob Perry||$150,000||Bob Perry||$80,000||TX Farm Bureau AG Fund||$25,000|
|Grass Roots Institute of Texas||$75,000||Doylene Perry||$100,000||Lonnie Pilgrim||$76,000||Mr. & Mrs. Richard Salwen||$22,525|
|Ryan & Co.||$75,000||Lonnie Pilgrim||$60,786||H-E-B Grocery||$30,000||Lonnie Pilgrim||$20,000|
|Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson||$50,000||Peter Holt||$55,000||William McMinn||$25,000||Vinson & Elkins TX PAC||$17,500|
|AT&T and Independent Bankers Association of Texas||$35,000 each||Steve Sterquell||$46,399||Mary Ralph Lowe||$25,000||Bob & Doylene Perry||$17,500|
| Comptroller of Public Accounts |
2010 General election results
|Susan Combs (R)||3,307,935||83.16%|
|Mary J. Ruwart (L)||417,523||10.49%|
|Edward Lindsay (G)||252,233||6.34%|
Combs grew up in a ranching family from West Texas. She lives in Austin with her husband, Joe W. Duran. She is the mother of three sons.
- Official campaign website
- Combs campaign Facebook
- Americans for Tax Reform Center for Fiscal Accountability, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs to Discuss Transparency Initiatives on Wednesday (audiocast available), Dec. 1, 2008
- Susan Comb's bio
- Houston Conservative, Statement on Comptroller Susan Combs’ Transparency Initiatives, Dec. 3, 2008
- Americans for Tax Reform, Transparency in Government Spending
- Gov Tech, Texas Grades State Agencies and Local Governments on Financial Transparency, Dec. 5, 2008