Sam Houston learned Texas values growing up in the small, West Texas town of Colorado City, about halfway between Midland and Abilene.
He learned the value of hard work helping at his family’s small hardware and auto parts store. No job was too small for Sam, from sweeping floors to helping customers assemble bicycles.
Sam learned the value of small businesses to a community, and he learned that successful businesses are built on trust.
He learned the value of respect — and the importance of role models — from his grandfather R.P. “Pete” Ainsworth, a rancher who managed the Renderbrook Spade Ranch, and from his uncle Fred McClellan, a cotton farmer.
Sam learned the value of the law from his grandfather, and he grew to admire the Colorado City lawyers he saw working everyday to protect the interests of their clients.
Struck by the courage and dedication those attorneys demonstrated, Sam decided at an early age to become a lawyer, himself. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and Baylor Law School. Today Sam serves as a partner at Shepherd, Scott, Clawater & Houston, LLP. A successful, practicing attorney for 26 years, Sam lives in Houston with his wife Jantha and their two children.
As our Attorney General, we can count on Sam Houston to apply the Texas values he learned as a young man to aggressively defend the rights of all Texans.