Susan Combs

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Susan Combs
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 7
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas Agriculture Commissioner
1998 - 2006
Texas House of Representatives
Bachelor'sVassar College
J.D.University of Texas Law School
Office website
Susan Combs is the current Republican Texas Comptroller. She was first elected to the statewide office in 2006 and won re-election in 2010.


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.[1]


  • Vassar College, B.A.
  • University of Texas Law School, J.D.

Political Career

Comptroller of Public Accounts, State of Texas (2007-present)

Transparency advocacy

"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)

Campaign contributions

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.[2] Click [show] for more information.



Comptroller of Public Accounts
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png 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.[1]

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