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Ben Samuels is a businessperson, an economic policy expert, and a bipartisan problem-solver running for Congress in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.
On both sides of Ben’s family are long lines of St. Louis entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and active members of the community; his ties to Missouri run deep and his family has called St. Louis home for six generations. His great-great grandfather Edward started a small shoe business, Samuels Shoe Company, with his two sons in 1913. Samuels Shoe grew into a successful manufacturing business with operations in St. Louis and in Fulton, eventually employing hundreds of people, and was family-run for three generations. Ben’s grandmother, Kit, started Going Places, a St. Louis-based travel agency, in an era when few women had the opportunities to run their own businesses.
Following in his family’s footsteps, Ben began his career as an entrepreneur, working at a software start-up that helped businesses make better use of their data. He helped grow the business, open new offices, and lead hiring initiatives across the United States. The company grew rapidly and was acquired by Mastercard, where Ben worked for several years.
Concerned about the direction the country was headed, Ben turned to public service and put his private sector expertise to work, advising leaders in both parties on how to make government more efficient. As Managing Operations Officer for the Mayor of Chicago, he spearheaded infrastructure projects and saved taxpayers money through good governance initiatives. As an adviser to Governor Charlie Baker in Massachusetts, he led a pandemic recovery program and coordinated a bipartisan coalition of 13 governors on a joint program to invest in clean energy technology, fight climate change, create thousands of jobs, and improve transportation infrastructure.
Ben is proud to call St. Louis home, but knows that too many people—including, for some time, Ben and his family—move away. That’s why he’s committed to creating jobs and bringing people back to the region. He moved home because he cares about the community and knows what it will take to make St. Louis and Missouri the thriving region we all know that it can be.
Ben is running for Congress to bring a bipartisan, problem-solving spirit to Washington and deliver results for the community his family has long called home. Ben knows, cares, and loves the community; he’s incredibly proud of his roots and to be a Missourian. He knows firsthand that the best way to improve people’s lives is by working across the aisle, and in Congress, he’ll support small businesses, get people back to work, fight for democracy, bring civility and decency back to politics, and create the next generation of good-paying jobs here in Missouri.