Republican politician who was elected as the 37th Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in January, 2007. She was the first woman to be elected Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture.
She graduated from Vassar College where she majored in French and religion and worked in international advertising in New York City.
She has served on the boards of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in Fort Worth and the Texas Wildlife Association.
She married computer scientist Joe Duran and has three sons.
She worked as the state director on the staff of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.