Comptroller Susan Combs serves as the state’s treasurer, check writer, tax collector and revenue estimator, and also oversees the state purchasing. Combs first served as an Assistant District Attorney in Dallas County where she prosecuted juvenile delinquents and handled child abuse cases. Her next job in public service was four years in the Texas Legislature, where she authored the state’s landmark private property rights legislation.
As the first woman elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Combs was the voice for farmers and ranchers, boosted rural economic development efforts and championed a groundbreaking nutrition policy to combat childhood obesity and ensure Texas students have access to healthy food in public schools.
Elected Texas Comptroller in November 2006 and re-elected by an overwhelming majority in 2010, Combs had enacted sweeping reforms in her office: Saving nearly $11 million in her agency alone; returning $770 million in unclaimed property to its rightful owners thanks to a new streamlined effort; identifying $310 million in beer and tobacco sales taxes due to the state; and launching the nation’s most innovative transparency effort so taxpayers can see exactly how their money is being spent.
Combs committed to further securing private data for citizens and businesses, serves as a member of The University of Texas Center for Identity Board of Advisors, which assembles public- and private-sector leaders with an interest in anticipating and combating identity threats.
Her motto is, “Don’t spend it if you can’t defend it!”
Comb’s Texas Transparency website host the “Where the Money Goes” and “Where the Money Comes From” tools and is a national model for open-books initiatives. More than 30 state and local entities across the country have contacted the Comptroller’s office to learn about transparency initiatives. Combs leads the way for state and local governments looking to streamline their spending, identify greater efficiencies, minimize costs and maximize revenue sources—all while improving services for Texans.
Combs launched the Keeping Texas First website to track the economic impact of federal action on endangered species, air, and water. Previously, Combs released reports on the economic impacts of health care and obesity, detailing the spiraling costs of each and how they will affect Texas’ future. Her groundbreaking Financial Allocation Study for Texas, updated in 2011, spotlighted cost efficiencies in Texas public schools and examined the relationship between school spending and academic excellence.
Susan Combs is a fourth generation Texan with a West Texas ranch that has been in her family for 130 years. Married for 37 years, she is the proud mother of three sons.
Everyone is invited to join us on Wednesday, September 19th. The luncheon begins at 12 noon in the Stribling Room at the Mason County Library. Reservations are required. The cost of the lunch is $11.00. Please call Sabin Nelson at 325-347-1024 by Saturday the 15th.