Report: Trump considering Susan Combs for agriculture secretary


President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering Susan Combs, the former Texas agriculture commissioner and comptroller, to be his secretary of agriculture.

Combs met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, according to the Texas Tribune.

Reached by phone, Combs referred questions to a spokesman who did not immediately return a request for comment.

Like many Republicans under consideration for top posts in Trump’s administration, Combs was not always a fan of his. She backed Carly Fiorina in the GOP primaries. In September, at the Texas Tribune Festival, she said of Trump, “I think Mr. Trump has an unfortunate habit — and I was the co-chair for Carly Fiorina — of not being particularly polite in public about women.”

In August, she attended an Austin fundraiser for his campaign.

Current Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who sits on Trump’s agricultural advisory committee, is also reportedly under consideration for the job and plans to meet with Trump between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Two Texans have already been chosen by Trump for cabinet jobs: Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state and former Gov. Rick Perry for secretary of energy.



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