Susan Combs

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Susan Combs
37th Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Assumed office
January 1, 2007
Governor Rick Perry
Preceded by Carole Strayhorn
10th Texas Agriculture Commissioner
In office
January 5, 1999 – January 1, 2007
Governor George W. Bush (1999-2000)
Rick Perry (2000-2007)
Preceded by Rick Perry
Succeeded by Todd Staples
Personal details
Born (1945-02-26) February 26, 1945 (age 69)
San Antonio, Texas
Spouse(s) Joe W. Duran
Children Three sons
Residence Austin, Texas
Alma mater (B.A.) Vassar College

(J.D.) University of Texas Law School

Occupation Ranching
Website Window on State Government

Susan Combs (born February 26, 1945,[1] in San Antonio) is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Texas, currently serving as the state's Comptroller of Public Accounts.

She was initially elected as comptroller on November 7, 2006, to succeed Carole Strayhorn, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for governor as an Independent in the same election.

Prior to her tenure as Comptroller, Combs had served two terms as Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture from 1999–2007, taking the reins as the first woman elected to that office in 1998, having succeeded commissioner Rick Perry, who was instead elected as lieutenant governor. Combs also served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives.[2]

In 2010, Combs was unopposed for a second term as comptroller in the Republican primary, and she faced no Democratic opponent in the November 2 general election. Unsuccessful nominees of the Green and Libertarian parties did seek the position.

On May 29, 2013, the Dallas Morning News and Austin American Statesman both confirmed Combs would not seek reelection to a third term as Comptroller or any other statewide office in the 2014 elections. [1]


Combs grew up in a ranching family from West Texas. She runs a cow-calf operation on her family's ranch in Brewster County; the ranch has been in her family since the turn of the 20th century. She lives in Austin with her husband, Joe W. Duran (born June 1, 1942), a computer scientist. She is the mother of three sons.

Combs graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, majoring in French and religion. She worked in international advertising in New York City, in the financial markets on Wall Street, and for the U.S. government before returning to Texas to obtain credentials from the University of Texas Law School at Austin. After graduation from law school, she served as an assistant district attorney in Dallas, Texas.

Combs served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives from 1993–1996, when she joined the staff of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as the lawmaker's state director.

Combs serves on the boards of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in Fort Worth and the Texas Wildlife Association. She has also served on the boards the Texas Beef Council and the Texas Production Credit Association.[3]

One Vote[edit]

Combs' first electoral outing was for the 47th legislative district, in Travis County. She won the run-off for the Republican nomination by one vote.


  1. ^ "Susan Combs". Retrieved November 14, 2010. [dead link]
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Political offices
Preceded by
Rick Perry
Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Succeeded by
Todd Staples
Preceded by
Carole Keeton Strayhorn
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts