For Immediate Release
January 4, 2007
Susan Combs Takes Oath of Office in House of Representatives Chamber
AUSTIN — Susan Combs was sworn in today as Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in a public ceremony in the House Chamber by Governor Rick Perry. Combs was sworn in privately on January 1.
In her inaugural speech, Combs stated that she was honored by the great privilege of holding public office and humbled by this trust.
“All of us in public office are elected to serve the public interest and to do what is right for the citizens of this great state. Their vote is the gift of their trust and confidence and we must be true to that.
“This office is a unique state agency with a legendary reputation for outstanding service. We will preserve that reputation and build on it.”
Combs saluted the employees of the agency. “I have been privileged to already meet many of the wonderful people at the agency, and have stated that it is my policy there, as it was at the Department of Agriculture, that family is first. State employees create a family within each agency, but they also have families outside, and our policies must reflect that understanding.”
On policy, Combs said that she would bring 21st century technology to the agency. “Technology will increase efficiency and effectiveness,” Combs said. “It will help deliver information and service, make government more transparent and help provide data for economic development across the state.
“We will also work hard to protect your tax dollars from fraud by employing sophisticated technologies to deter those who would cheat the public,” Combs said. “We will make it easy to pay taxes and hard to cheat.”
In closing she added, “Every Texan will be welcomed. Every Texan will be treated fairly. Issues will be studied and evaluated based on their merits.”