Susan Combs named to Interior Dept. position

President Trump says he will nominate former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, Management and Budget. (Associated Press/2011)

WASHINGTON D.C. (KXAN) — President Donald Trump announced Monday he will nominate Susan Combs to be the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, Management and Budget.

Combs served two terms from 2007-2015 as Texas Comptroller. She also served two terms as Texas Agriculture Commissioner from 1999-2007. Combs was the first woman elected to the Agriculture Commissioner position.

In December, Combs met with then President-elect Trump as part of his search for the Secretary of Agriculture position. Trump ultimately gave that job to Sonny Perdue.

In May 2016, Combs launched a website called Texas Smart Schools for school districts and parents to learn more about the effectiveness and efficiency of local schools.

The announcement was immediately praised by Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, who will have to confirm her.

“Having served at multiple levels of state government, Texans have long benefited from the leadership and tireless work ethic of Susan Combs,” said U.S. Sen. Cornyn.

Cruz, agreed with Cornyn, stating, “Susan is a committed public servant who understands, like most Texans, that the federal government isn’t the answer to every challenge. She also understands the power of freedom, and the benefit of collaboration and working with state and local interests.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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