Sam Charbonneau is a leader who will put countless hours in at the capital to assure our children, families and veterans get what they need in order to fulfill their greatest potential. He is a lifelong resident of Floyd County and was raised in a military family where his father retired as a Master Sergeant for Kentucky Air National Guard. Sam also spent a lot of time in his childhood working on his grandparent’s farm in Kentucky. It was through this work that he learned at a young age that working every day and never giving up is the foundation of success. He also learned giving back to the community is essential in assuring the success of the community.
Sam attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, New Albany High School and obtained his college degree at Indiana State University. He has been married for 21 years to his wife, Kristi (Ward) Charbonneau. They have two sons, Michael and Logan. Both children attended New Albany High School and moved on to public universities.
Sam has an untethered passion to lead the community in developing a community-based comprehensive program to fight opioid addiction. He has witnessed first-hand the devastating toll this crisis has had on the community through his 15 years of work for Indiana Department of Child Services where he is a supervisor. Sam also served as the residential director of Providence House for Children in Georgetown, Indiana, where the Sisters of Providence made sure every penny earned or given was used wisely.
Watching families and children face overwhelming losses in our community has taken its toll on our community, our schools and our neighbors. Sam has witnessed unspeakable devastations to families. He has seen too many children left parentless. At the same time, our community’s resources are being drained of life. It is time to start investing in Hoosiers who, in turn, invest in our community and our financial well-being.
On top of that, Sam remains passionate about supporting traditional public education. Having a wife who is an educator allowed him to gain a great deal of insight of the importance of providing a quality education to students. He would like to see a decrease in the student loan debt. Sam believes, “Doing this would allow students who are trying to better their future to have the ability to be self-sufficient and contribute to the community.”
Sam also has a passion in seeing to it that every person is employed and has the ability to increase their wages by participating in vocational training that is supported through Union apprenticeships and local training. We have to go back to the foundations of teaching strong work ethics and gaining a skilled trade in order to increase the well being of themselves and the entire community. www.charbonneauforstaterep72.com