AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) announced that former Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs has joined the Foundation as Visiting Senior Fellow. Combs’ work at the Foundation will focus on her areas of expertise: the state budget, government spending and debt, property rights, and fighting federal overreach.
“We are delighted to welcome Susan Combs to the TPPF family,” said Foundation President and CEO Brooke Rollins. “As a dedicated public servant, fiscal conservative, and champion of transparency, she always put the liberty and prosperity of Texans first. We are honored to have her continue her good work with us at TPPF.”
“I look forward to working with TPPF to advance policies that will create a brighter, stronger future for Texas,” said Combs. “The key to our success has been a relentless pursuit of innovative and practical solutions designed to keep government transparent, accountable, and responsible to the people it serves. From state’s rights to property rights, Texas must continue to be a model for the nation.”
Susan Combs began her career in elected office in 1993, serving two terms as a State Representative, during which time she wrote and passed landmark private property rights legislation. In 1998, she was elected as the first woman Agriculture Commissioner. During her two terms as Commissioner, Combs trimmed the agency’s budget, fought for rural landowners, and worked to improve economic development. In 2006, she was elected Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, and during her two terms as Comptroller, led efforts to increase transparency and accountability, and returned over $1 billion in unclaimed property to its rightful owners.
Combs holds a B.A. from Vassar College and earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Combs was awarded the 2015 Dr. James R. Leininger Liberty Award at TPPF’s 13th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature.
In 2014, she founded Texans for Positive Economic Policy (TPEP), an initiative dedicated to promoting the conservative precepts behind the “Texas Miracle” as a way to perpetuate them in Texas and propagate them across the country. The useful and informative teaching materials including videos and infographics can be viewed and shared at www.LoneStarSuccess.com.