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The Ron and Joanna Clark Collection - Austin Update with Ron Clark and Susan Combs (1999)

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  •  State Representative Ron Clark asks Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs what “agriculture” encompasses in modern times 
  •  Susan Combs was the first woman to be elected as Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture. In 2007, she served as the state’s Comptroller of Public Accounts. In 2017, President Trump nominated her as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, Management, and Budget.  
  •  The mission of the Texas Department of Agriculture 
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Austin Update, a broadcast initiative produced by the Texas House of Representatives Video and Audio Services, features interviews with various members of the Texas government. In this segment, State Representative Ron Clark speaks with Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs. Combs begins by discussing the relevance of the Department of Agriculture, which encompasses numerous sectors of everyday life. She then describes various outreach programs aimed at promoting Texas agriculture, such as the Go Texan campaign. She outlines various goals to boost sales revenue and jobs within the state.
Ronald “Ron” Clark was born on January 5, 1953, in Caripito, Venezuela. He attended the University of Connecticut before joining the US Army in 1974, serving two years. Clark then moved to Texas to pursue a law degree. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979, he became an assistant city attorney in the City Attorney’s Office of Abilene. Three years later, Clark went into private practice and settled in Sherman. 
Clark began a political career in 1996 with a campaign for State Representative from the 62nd District. He won, eventually serving three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Clark was reelected for a fourth term, but was never sworn in. In January 2002, President George W. Bush nominated him for a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The United States Senate confirmed his lifetime appointment in October 2002. Clark became chief judge of the court in January 2015.