Retired Captain Sam Brown and his wife AmyFrom serving as an Army Ranger-qualified, Infantry officer in Afghanistan to starting his own small business, Sam Brown’s life has been defined by leadership.

Born and raised in central Arkansas, Sam Brown was influenced by his father who was in the National Guard and grew up wanting to serve his country. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Sam Brown was commissioned in the Army and went to Fort Hood, Texas in 2007. Sam was serving with Fort Hood’s 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, as a Platoon Leader in Afghanistan, leading soldiers in the Kandahar Desert amid heavy combat. While providing backup to an ambushed patrol, Sam’s vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device, and this attack left him fighting for his life.

As a soldier unable to continue service in combat, Sam was medically retired from the U.S. Army and redirected his leadership to helping wounded soldiers and returning veterans. He became a nationally-recognized advocate for wounded warriors.

As a patient at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Sam met First Lieutenant Amy Larsen, an Army dietitian and veteran of Iraq. They were married a year later, and today the Browns’ have two children, Roman (2) and Esther (8 months), and are active members of Watermark Church.

In 2011, Roger Staubach asked Sam to help launch Allies In Service, a non-profit organization focused on helping returning veterans. Today, Allies serves veterans who are returning to civilian life in the Dallas area, which is one of the largest veterans markets in the country, helping them connect with job opportunities and community resources.

After leading the Allies start-up, Sam decided to start his own small business, Pruitt, Winston & Brothers, which is named in honor of two service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice and served with Sam and his business partner. Their business provides consulting services to corporations who want to do business with the federal government and is based right here in District 102.

As a husband, father and patriot, Sam is committed to leading for a smarter government that puts the needs of taxpayers and families first. That means a smaller, more efficient state government that spends wisely and never takes a penny more than it needs. It means providing service to hardworking families through better public schools, stronger infrastructure and smarter policies that create an environment of opportunity and growth. And, it means reining in federal mandates that are overreaching and negatively impact hardworking families.

As State Representative for House District 102, Sam will lead as an advocate for taxpayers and families, not for government.