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Samantha Fillmore

Samantha Fillmore is a government relations coordinator for The Heartland Institute.

Hailing from Texas, Fillmore attended the University of Texas at Austin studying political science and economics. Before coming to Heartland, Fillmore worked at the Texas Legislature, where she served as a legislative aid, campaign grassroots strategist, and lobbyist for public and special interests.

As the coordinator of government relations, Samantha hosts podcasts and writes Research & Commentaries, op-eds, and other policy documents. Samantha also runs Heartland’s government relations social media accounts and interacts with legislators across the country.

Fillmore is a die-hard fan of UT Longhorn football and America’s Team: the Dallas Cowboys. She is passionate about maintaining the Second Amendment and upholding liberty for all Americans. Samantha hopes to bring at least some of the Texas spirit to Chicago while fighting the good fight before eventually attending law school.

Recent Articles and Publications

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July 9, 2020
By Samantha Fillmore
Senate Bill 375 will be crossing Gov. Brian Kemp's desk and would impose a 7 percent tax on vaping products. In the midst of the coronavirus-related recession this may inadvertently harm employment in the vaping industry in Georgia.
June 15, 2020
By Samantha Fillmore
Additional internet sales tax regulations will weaken Missouri's already struggling economy. Despite this, mayors are on calling Gov. Mike Parson to call a special session over this issue.
June 10, 2020
By Samantha Fillmore
Governor Newsom released a revised budget proposal that includes a large vapor tax increase that will harm the tobacco cessation efforts in the golden state.
March 3, 2020
By Samantha Fillmore
Illinois Looking To Stand Up To Corrupt Corporate Welfare
August 16, 2018
By Samantha Fillmore
New York state Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D¬¬¬–Manhattan) announced he will sponsor a bill to allow public-sector unions in the state to receive taxpayer funding to reimburse the costs of collective bargaining and contract administration.
August 16, 2018
By Samantha Fillmore
Some 7,000 Texas government school staff and teachers account for $1 billion in annual costs to local and state taxpayers, a new report states.
August 14, 2018
By Samantha Fillmore
Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar (D–Ward 47) is calling for the city government to study the idea of a government-administered universal basic income (UBI) pilot program to provide 1,000 families with a $500 payment every month.
July 12, 2018
By Samantha Fillmore
States can require out-of-state businesses to collect and remit sales taxes on purchases made by in-state consumers, the U.S. Supreme Court decided.

2018 By the Numbers

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82% of state elected officials read Heartland publications
of state elected officials read one or more Heartland newspapers "sometimes" or "always."
45% of elected officials say Heartland led to a change in policy
of state elected officials say a Heartland publication influenced their opinions or led to a change in public policy.
3.2 Million
the number of times Heartland's six podcasts were downloaded in 2018
184 issues
of weekly e-newsletters sent to subscribers across the country
158 events
that Heartland hosted, attended, or spoke at, reaching over 34,000 guests in 2018.
100,000 fans
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