Sam was born in Ranger, Texas and grew up incredibly poor. He attended UNT and worked as a non-profit manager for adults with learning disabilities where he witnessed how haphazard state funding was. He left, eventually opening a small business, and settling in Abilene. There Sam established Indivisible Abilene and discovered that state funding for rural communities was also haphazard.
Sam believes local municipalities need freedom to operate. They need investment in their infrastructure to create flourishing economies. This belief in local government and investment in rural Texas is why Sam is running for Texas House to represent District 71.