Lawyer, Legislator Judge
Sam attended Mt. Pleasant, Texas, public schools and graduated in 1964. During high school, he served for a year as a White House Page in Washington, D.C. under the guidance of Congressman Wright Patman. He graduated from East Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and graduated from South Texas College of Law in Houston with a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree.
In 1979, Sam joined his father's law firm in Mt. Pleasant which eventually became the Russell, Russell, and Wootten Law Firm, P.C.. Sam was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1982 and served 1983-1992. While in the Texas legislature, he served as House Majority Leader, Chairman of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Transportation Committee, and a member of the Financial Institutions, Redistricting, Elections, Judiciary, and Natural Resources committees.
In 1992, Sam was invited to join the staff of Governor Ann Richards as her legislative director.
Sam was honored for his work in the Texas Legislature by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, the Texas Municipal League, and was presented the Texas Chamber of Commerce 'Distinguished Service Award.' The Texas Transit Association named him 'Legislator of the Year' in the Texas House. Because of his commitment to public education, The Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association and the Texas State Teachers Association honored him during his legislative service.
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