Who is Jacque Sample?
Dr. Jacque Sample, a 25-year resident of Boone County and occupational therapist is a Democratic candidate for Missouri House District 44. The district covers a portion of Northeast Columbia, Hallsville, Centralia, and Sturgeon.
“As an occupational therapist for the last 20 years, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals and their families to determine their areas of greatest need, and worked in collaboration with these families to effectively address those needs in a timely and cost-efficient manner,” said Sample. “Running for state representative gives me the ability to serve my community on a much larger scale.”
Sample currently provides private occupational therapy services. Prior to this, Sample was employed by the University of Missouri- Columbia as a clinical instructor and Program Director.
“I am thrilled Jacque is running in the 44th,” said Bondi Wood of rural Boone County. “She has experience in healthcare and education, both top priorities for our under-sourced, rural communities.”
“Jacque Sample is the kind of representative the 44th district needs, and frankly deserves,” said Chuck Graham, former State Senator from Boone County. “She’s brilliant, tenacious and will fight for the people of the district because she will actively listen to their concerns.”Jacque Sample is a life-long Missourian, born and raised in Cameron, Missouri before moving to Jefferson City with her parents and sisters. She graduated from Helias High School in 1994 and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri, obtaining a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy in 1998 and a Master’s of Special Education with an Emphasis in Autism (M. Ed.) in 2009. Recently she graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) in 2016. Sample lives in Columbia with her husband, a Navy Veteran, and their two children. Sample has been an outspoken advocate and permanent fixture in the Missouri Legislature lobbying for insurance coverage for children with disabilities, clarifying and advocating for insurance coverage for congenital disabilities and chronic, lifelong illnesses, and ensuring updated language in statutes in regard to accurate diagnostic information.
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Quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare is every Missourian’s right. But every year Missouri families must make increasingly difficult decisions for how they prioritize spending on prescription drugs and medical bills over the basic costs of living.
At the same time, the Republican-led House has left millions of federal dollars on the table meant for expanding healthcare access to Missourians. Their inaction means less healthy communities, higher premiums for those with coverage, and the loss of hospitals, especially in rural areas.
As your state representative, I’ll support common sense measures like expanding Medicaid, so no Missourian is forced to choose between a decent job and keeping their healthcare.
Every Missouri child should have access to free, quality public education regardless of their zip code. As your representative, I will work to strengthen our public schools, and fully fund our commitment to our kids.
I will support universal early childhood education, because investing in our kids from an early age is the best way for us to invest in our future. I will also support investment in higher education and workforce training, to ensure all Missourians have the opportunity to gain the skills to compete in our economy.
Our prescription drug epidemic tragically touches too many families in every community across Missouri. Tracking the frequency of prescriptions filled for these addictive drugs would allow for a chance to intervene with high risk users and save lives.
One critical tool our state can deploy to combat the misuse of opioids is the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Missouri remains the only state in the entire country without a statewide PDMP, and I will support efforts to finally pass this legislation for our citizens.
Agriculture is the backbone of Missouri, and at the heart of it are our family farms—where many of us call home and why generations before us settled here. But passing down our way of life to future generations is becoming increasingly challenging.
Our local communities used to have a say in how farming was done in our backyards, but the Republican-led state legislature has passed bills favoring large corporate farms and pushing out family farms.
Last year, state Republicans passed a bill taking control from local communities to regulate certain large feeding operations known as CAFOs. This allows large scale operations to buy up local farms, push the production limits of the land, and pollute our communities’ treasured landscape without local oversight.
As your state rep, I’ll advocate for the state of Missouri to protect local control, giving ordinary citizens easier access to have their say on how farming operates in their community.
Every person should have the autonomy to make decisions about their body and their life. Republicans have passed extreme abortion bans in recent years, limiting access to abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or medical need.
Mothers die from childbirth in Missouri in numbers far greater than the rest of the industrialized world, and instead of promoting healthcare, Missouri legislators have placed burdensome restrictions on it.
Republicans have gone so far as to pass legislation that costs hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to defend against Constitutional challenges, while at the same time blaming budget shortfalls for lack of funding for essential items like school transportation.
As your state rep, I will stand with women for the right to make the best decisions about their healthcare for their own lives.
Transparency and Ethics
Faith in government and the political process is the cornerstone of a functioning democracy. As your state rep, I’ll fight to shine a light on those who conceal their donors and influence our politics with dark money.
Over the years, Republicans have eroded the barrier between special interests and politics. In 2018, Missourians overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 1, known as CLEAN MO. It capped contributions and limited the way money could move in and out of campaign coffers.
Special interests have continued to find loopholes around these laws, pushing ‘dark money’ further into the political process. At the same time, Republicans are advocating for the repeal of Amendment 1.
Ultimately, this campaign isn’t about me. This is your campaign and I want you to be proud of it and the coalition we build along the way. That’s why I’ll provide you easy access to the sources of our campaign money.