Southwest Georgia’s economy is driven by agriculture, an industry Sam has spent his life working to improve and protect. Job creation and workforce availability is a significant challenge in the current work environment and Sam understands the need to create long-term security for our businesses and our families.
In the State Senate, Sam will continue to modernize tax policies, improve incentives and remove outdated codes that create financial roadblocks for our local economies. He will continue to educate our legislators on the workforce challenges that rural Georgia faces and the regulations that are stifling our ability to thrive - from EPA to labor and water.
A product of the public school system in Colquitt County, Sam majored in Ag Education at the University of Georgia. His mother, sister and mother-in-law are all educators and he understands the role a strong education plays in preparing our next generation for the jobs of the future. It's also a way to keep our children and families connected to their hometown. Local control and parent choices must be protected in order to meet the needs of every family.
Access to quality healthcare should not be a challenge for those living in rural communities in Georgia. Sam has been a champion of the Rural Hospital Tax Credit that was created to help keep hospitals open in rural communities. Millions of taxpayer dollars have been redirected to hospitals in the 11th District through this program and Sam will continue to advocate for it.
Sam has also worked to secure state funding for the expansion of Graduate Medical Education opportunities to combat physician shortages.
In the State Senate, Sam will continue to fight for the support our local healthcare systems need to better serve our rural communities.