Larry Combest served as the Congressman for the 19th District of Texas from 1985 until he retired in 2003. He was the first Republican ever to be elected to the seat, and won by increasing margins which reached more than 90 percent of the vote in his last two elections.
As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee from 1999 to 2003, he was recognized as the chief architect and force behind the 2002 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act which helped lift rural America out of economic recession and has contributed to 10 straight years of record investment and economic activity in the U.S. agricultural sector. As Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee from 1995 to 1997, he led the Committee in a two year study and report of a sweeping intelligence reform proposal that many in the post 9/11 world have described as ahead of its time. For his leadership on these issues, Larry Combest won the respect of colleagues from both sides of the aisle in both the Senate and the House who are still serving today.
Larry and his wife Sharon returned to their home of Lubbock, Texas after his retirement, and continue to make the “Hub City” the base of operations.
Tom Sell is cofounder and managing partner of Combest, Sell & Associates, LLC. Before starting the firm, Mr. Sell was deputy chief of staff for the House Committee on Agriculture, where he was instrumental in crafting the 2002 Farm Bill. He later spent time as director of intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Tom began his career in Washington shortly after graduation from Texas Tech University by serving in Congressman Combest’s personal office, where he worked on a variety of issues, including environmental and international trade issues.
In 2003, motivated by a desire to replant his family in their native West Texas, Tom moved back to Lubbock and began his pursuit of a law degree at Texas Tech. He received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 2006, and is licensed to practice in Texas. He continues to live in Lubbock with his wife, Kyla, and four young children.
Jeff Harrison a native of Bluffton, Minnesota in Otter Tail County, earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees at the University of North Dakota where he graduated with distinction. Harrison is a member of the Minnesota state and federal bars and clerked for the Honorable Paul A. Magnuson, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.
During his 13-year tenure as staff in the U.S. Congress, Harrison served in a number of capacities including as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator David F. Durenberger (R-MN), Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN), and Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture where he served as lead counsel on the commodity, credit, rural development, research, and energy titles to the 2002 Farm Bill and the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000.
Harrison joined Combest, Sell & Associates in August 2005.
Judd Gardner joined Combest, Sell & Associates in 2011 after graduating from West Texas A&M University with his master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences. Prior to that, Judd received his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech University, where he was a member and coach of multiple national champion judging teams. As a student he also served as an intern for the House Committee on Agriculture.
Judd was raised on an Angus cow-calf operation in central New Mexico, where his family still lives and works.
Trevor White initially joined Combest, Sell and Associates in 2009 while attending Texas Tech University. During his time at Texas Tech, he served in the Student Senate, was elected President of the Student Agricultural Council, and was a member of the competitive judging teams. Additionally, he completed an internship for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry under the Chairmanship of Blanche Lincoln. White made the move to Washington, D.C. in May of 2012 after graduating with a degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics.
Trevor was raised on a cotton farm near New Home, Texas, that his parents and grandparents still operate today.