|37th Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts|
January 1, 2007
|Preceded by||Carole Strayhorn|
|10th Texas Agriculture Commissioner|
January 5, 1999 – January 1, 2007
|Governor||George W. Bush (1999-2000)
Rick Perry (2000-2007)
|Preceded by||Rick Perry|
|Succeeded by||Todd Staples|
February 26, 1945 |
San Antonio, Texas
|Spouse(s)||Joe W. Duran|
|Alma mater||(B.A.) Vassar College|
|Website||Window on State Government|
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.
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.
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 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.
One Vote 
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.
- "Susan Combs". congress.org. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
|Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Carole Keeton Strayhorn
|Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts