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Birthdate: May 1, 1981
Birth Place: Reno, NV, United States
Residence: Carson City, NV
Samuel Koepnick was born in Reno, Nev. When he was 12 he moved to Fernley, a small community 35 miles east of Reno. He resides in Carson City. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada-Reno and a master's degree from Texas A&M University.
After graduate school Koepnick moved back to northern Nevada, where he works in information technology with the state.
Koepnick is single.
Samuel Koepnick entered the race for Nevada's 2nd Congressional District as an underdog. After winning the Democratic primary in June 2012, he faced an uphill battle to defeat Republican Rep. Mark Amodei in the largely Republican district.
Koepnick's campaign focused on social media, using the Internet, Twitter and Facebook to garner support. He did not accept or seek campaign donations, saying on his website that "one of our core beliefs is that the influx of money is eroding our democracy and we would be hypocrites of the highest caliber if we become our enemy in order to defeat it."
He supports closing corporate tax loopholes for large companies and lowering taxes for small business owners. He also called for increased support for laboratories to research new energy technologies.
On health care, Koepnick said the nation "should set a base level of subsidized care, available to all of its citizens." But he said he could not "in good conscious" agree with all aspects of 2010 health care reform bill that was upheld in June 2012 by the U.S. Supreme Court. He said he'd like to work with insurance carriers and health care providers to reduce the cost of medicine. "I believe that once that is accomplished, insurance premiums will go down," he said.
After winning the 2012 primary, Koepnick said he looked forward to the challenge of trying to win the heavily Republican district. "I'm often called a 'centrist' and I embrace that label with more eagerness than I do with 'Democrat' because I am willing to look at every side of an issue to determine the best course of action," he wrote on his website. "We're taking back our government one seat at a time."
Source: Associated Press
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