Sam was born and raised in Marion, Alabama, where he graduated from Marion Military Institute. He moved to the Huntsville area and graduated from Alabama A&M University where he studied Political Science and History.
During his time as an undergrad, Sam was active in bringing awareness and action to various civic causes. He organized the "One Thousand Student March" to address and combat violence. He also promoted voter education, engagement, and participation by forming coalitions of student organizations to register over 2,000 students to vote.
Years later, Sam returned to "The Hill" to pursue a master's degree in Environmental Planning, focusing on groundwater contamination and brownfield remediation and during the course of his studies, he presented research findings before the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and the American Association of Planners.
Sam's love for Alabama runs deep as shown by his ongoing commitment of service to his fellow Alabamians. After completing his undergraduate studies, he served the people of Alabama's Seventh Congressional District as an outreach coordinator and legislative assistant during the 112th and 113th sessions of the United States Congress. In his first six weeks on the job, he was able to successfully secure 5 million dollars for the City of Uniontown, Alabama, to address the water and sewer contamination catastrophe that plagued the city. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office for Alabama praised Sam for his work on behalf of the people in the district. Sam is an alumnus of the Delta Regional Authority Industrial Development Institute and also served on the Black Belt Action Commission where he worked with various state and local leaders addressing the concerns of rural Alabamians. He later accepted a position Director of Operations for Rural Health Medical where he oversaw the daily operations of five medical offices throughout central Alabama.
After returning to Huntsville, Sam picked up where he left off by remaining highly active and engaged in his community. He serves as a board member of the James A. Lane Club of the Boys & Girls Club, serves as an assistant football coach at Ronald E. McNair Junior High School, and during the summer, he can be found on the baseball diamond, usually at Stoner Field, mentoring boys and girls and calling balls and strikes as an umpire for the Huntsville Youth Baseball League. He currently serves as a member of the Medical Clinic Board of the City of Huntsville as well as on the Advisory Commission on Accessibility.
Sam has one son, Gavin, and resides in Huntsville with his wife, Kelsey.