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COMBEST, LARRY, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $14,324.58

Average cost per trip - $1,790.57
Total number of days spent traveling - 20 days
Rank of representative - 376 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Cotton Warehouse Association of America
Dates - June 23, 2000 - June 25, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Address their annual meeting
Notes - "Note: The Hotel provided a complimentary room to the Association; they were not charged, but this would have been the cost for 2 nights)

Travel Cost - $293.50
Lodging Cost - $278.00
Meal Cost - $97.09
Other Cost - $154.00
Total Cost - $822.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 6, 2000 - August 8, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Steamboat Springs, CO

Purpose - Talk about farm legislation
Notes - Accompanied by wife Sharon Combest -- other expenses are "rent car, fuel, parking"

Travel Cost - $1,308.60
Lodging Cost - $370.12
Meal Cost - $97.14
Other Cost - $153.51
Total Cost - $1,929.37

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Bipartisan Agriculture Committee Retreat
Notes - Accompanied by wife Sharon Combest

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $482.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Horse Council
Dates - October 26, 2001 - October 28, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact finding - visit with Association members re: horse issues
Notes - Spouse Sharon Combest accompanied. Other costs are for taxi and train to racetrack

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $785.42
Meal Cost - $726.00
Other Cost - $110.00
Total Cost - $2,121.42

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Illinois Farm Bureau
Dates - December 2, 2001 - December 3, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Keynote address to 2001 annual meeting
Notes - Other costs are for cab

Travel Cost - $381.00
Lodging Cost - $201.02
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $602.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cotton Council
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - speak to NCC annual meeting
Notes - spouse Sharon Combest -- spouse dates of travel: Feb. 9-10, DC to Dallas

Travel Cost - $3,932.18
Lodging Cost - $190.00
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,232.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Texas Independent Ginners' Association
Dates - March 11, 2002 - March 12, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Worth, TX

Purpose - address general session and president's dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $878.50
Lodging Cost - $135.72
Meal Cost - $44.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,058.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cotton Council
Dates - February 9, 2003 - February 10, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - Address national meeting on agricultural issues
Notes - Spouse Sharon Combest accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,838.00
Lodging Cost - $210.56
Meal Cost - $27.82
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,076.38

Additional family members - Yes

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Michael Walker with students in Minneapolis (photo: @MPS_BlackMales Twitter account)

Boosting Black Male Student Achievement

The Minneapolis Public School District created an Office of Black Male Student Achievement earlier this year. One goal of the office is to help young African American men graduate from high school in greater numbers.

Recent Posts

  • 01.22.15

    Free Community College for All

    President Barack Obama wants to make the first two years of community college free for what he calls “responsible students” who are “willing to work for it.” It’s being called “America’s College Promise.” This week on the podcast we examine the prospect of free community college for all.
  • 01.14.15

    What’s in a number?

    Our guest this week has a message for high school seniors and their parents who are poring over the latest college rankings lists: Put ‘em down.
  • 12.23.14

    Who’s missing from the achievement gap debate?

    The achievement gap refers to the disparities in academic success between lower-income students of color and their more affluent white counterparts. But according to Quyen Dinh, executive director of the national advocacy organization Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), one group often left out of the conversation is Southeast Asian American students.
  • 01.05.15

    Following the Money in Education Philanthropy

    Philanthropic foundations have been giving money to public education for years. But our guest this week argues that philanthropies are increasingly pushing specific educational agendas.