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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
October 7, 2009

Combs Promotes Legal Team Members

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today announced promotions for three key members of her agency’s legal team.

Ashley Harden is the new General Counsel for the Comptroller’s office, moving up from Chief Deputy General Counsel.

“Ashley Harden and I have worked together for many years,” Combs said. “He served as General Counsel at the Texas Department of Agriculture, and since joining the legal team at the Comptroller’s office, he has been a great asset to the agency, helping us implement major changes, including the state franchise tax revisions.”

Harden replaces former General Counsel Martin Cherry, who has advanced to the position of Senior Counsel. Cherry will work primarily on tax issues.

“Martin has served the agency for more than three decades,” Combs said. “His institutional knowledge is irreplaceable, and the breadth and depth of his knowledge about taxation is invaluable.”

Robin Robinson has been promoted to Deputy General Counsel after serving as the Assistant Deputy General Counsel for Tax Hearings since 2007.

“Under Robin’s leadership, our active caseload was reduced by 30 percent,” Combs said. “One of our office’s top priorities is to resolve tax cases as quickly as possible.”

Harden has previously worked for the Comptroller’s office as Chief Deputy General Counsel and Special Counsel for Tax Hearings. Before coming to the Comptroller’s office, he worked for the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Office of the Attorney General. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University School of Law and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin

Cherry joined the Comptroller’s office in 1973 as a hearing attorney and has also served in a variety of other positions, including staff attorney for the Tax Administration Division, Special Counsel for Tax and Legislative Issues and manager of the General Law Section. Cherry has also coordinated research and drafted legislation on both fiscal and taxation issues. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University and earned his law degree from Baylor University School of Law.

Robinson graduated from Tulane University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and cum laude from South Texas College of Law. She also has a master’s degree in environmental management from the University of Houston Clear Lake. Robin started in the Comptroller’s Administrative Hearings Section in September 1999.

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