Sam Farr

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Sam Farr
Farr-Portrait-2013.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 20th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byJim Costa
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 17th district
In office
June 17, 1993 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byLeon Panetta
Succeeded byMike Honda
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 28th district
In office
December 1980 – June 1993
Succeeded byBruce McPherson
Personal details
BornSamuel Sharon Farr
(1941-07-04) July 4, 1941 (age 73)
San Francisco, California
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Shary Baldwin Farr
ChildrenJessica Farr
ResidenceCarmel, California
Alma materWillamette University, Santa Clara University, Monterey Institute of International Studies
ReligionEpiscopalian
 
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Sam Farr
Farr-Portrait-2013.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 20th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byJim Costa
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 17th district
In office
June 17, 1993 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byLeon Panetta
Succeeded byMike Honda
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 28th district
In office
December 1980 – June 1993
Succeeded byBruce McPherson
Personal details
BornSamuel Sharon Farr
(1941-07-04) July 4, 1941 (age 73)
San Francisco, California
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Shary Baldwin Farr
ChildrenJessica Farr
ResidenceCarmel, California
Alma materWillamette University, Santa Clara University, Monterey Institute of International Studies
ReligionEpiscopalian

Samuel Sharon "Sam" Farr[1] (born July 4, 1941) is the U.S. Representative for California's 20th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected to Congress in a 1993 special election when longtime Democratic Rep. Leon Panetta resigned to become Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Early and personal life[edit]

Farr was born in San Francisco, the son of Janet E. (née Haskins) and Frederick Sharon "Fred" Farr. One of his maternal great-grandfathers was acting mayor of Los Angeles William Hartshorn Bonsall, and one of his paternal great-great-grandfathers was the brother of Nevada Senator William Sharon.[2] He grew up in Carmel, where he still lives. His father was a California state senator for many years. Farr was educated at Willamette University, Santa Clara University and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

He is married to Shary and has one daughter, Jessica. He is grandfather to two: Ella and Zach.[citation needed]

Peace Corps service[edit]

Farr joined the Peace Corps in 1964 and served for two years as a volunteer in Colombia. He spent his time in a poor barrio near Medellin, teaching community development skills.[3]

While he was serving in Colombia, Farr’s mother died from cancer. Following her death, his father visited with Farr’s sisters. While riding horses, one of his sisters (Nancy), was thrown and hit her head. She died on the operating table in a Colombian hospital.[citation needed]

Since his Peace Corps service ended, Farr has visited Colombia several times. He took his wife for their honeymoon and has returned several other times for both personal and official business. During a trip in 2007, Farr spoke in front of the Colombian Congress and was awarded the Orden del Congreso de Colombia.[4]

State and local political career[edit]

Farr’s public service career began in the California Assembly, where he worked as a staffer on budget issues for a decade. In 1975, he ran for and won a seat on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.

In 1980 he was elected to the California State Assembly, where he became a champion for the organics industry and wrote one of the country’s strictest oil spill liability laws. He served in the Assembly until his election to Congress in 1993.[citation needed]

House of Representatives[edit]

Earlier photo of Congressman Farr

Farr was elected to the House of Representatives in 1993 through a special election when former Congressman Leon Panetta resigned to become President Clinton’s budget director. Farr was elected to his first full term in 1994.

Legislation[edit]

Caucus work[edit]

Sam Farr meets with Jack O'Neill

Farr is active in several congressional caucuses, including the House Oceans Caucus, the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, the Congressional Bike Caucus, the Congressional Organic Caucus, the International Conservation Caucus, and the Unexploded Ordnance Caucus.[7]

He serves as co-chair of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus with Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri). Farr has taken an active role in supporting the travel industry, boosting membership in the caucus to more than 100 and hosting caucus events, including a June 2008 gathering of travel executives and congressional leaders, the Economic Roundtable: Travel’s Significance to the U.S. Economy.[8]

Farr is also active as co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus, which he co-chairs with four other members of Congress. Each year the caucus helps sponsor Capitol Hill Oceans Week, known as CHOW, which draws hundreds of ocean experts from across the country. He is also co-chair of the Congressional Organic Caucus and the Unexploded Ordnance Caucus.

Other leadership positions[edit]

Farr serves on the House Democracy Assistance Commission, a group established by the House of Representatives mandated to work with emerging democracies throughout the world. The group engages in “peer-to-peer cooperation to build technical expertise in partner legislatures that will enhance accountability, transparency, legislative independence, access to information, and government oversight.”[9]

Farr is also the former chairman of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, the largest state delegation in Congress.[citation needed]

Committee assignments[edit]

Positions[edit]

Domestic Issues[edit]

Sam Farr

Foreign Affairs[edit]

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) comment[edit]

On February 26, 2008, at the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Farr said "the public image of (the ICE agents)" has become "not (a) compassionate law enforcement agency but essentially a Gestapo-type agency that is knocking down doors"[15] when conducting raids on illegal immigrants. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Julie Myers responded to Farr's comments by saying, "We are not the Gestapo. The men and women of this agency have a very difficult job...and I think they do that with distinction and great honor.".[16] Farr replied that he knew and appreciated this, but reiterated that there is "there is a very ill will public opinion in the counties (he) represent(s), about ICE".

H.Res. 333[edit]

On July 12, 2007, Farr joined 11 cosponsors (18 as of August 15, 2007) of H.Res. 333, introduced in Congress, that lays out three articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney. The bill maintains that the vice president purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States (1) by fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and (2) about an alleged relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda in order to justify the use of the United States Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security interests and (3) that Cheney has openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran absent any real threat to the United States. (see http://thomas.loc.gov for more details on H.Res. 333)

"Many residents in the Central Coast support the removal of Cheney from office, and I am proud to represent their values in Congress," Farr said in a brief statement.[17]

Awards[edit]

On July 30, 2007, Farr received the Senator David Pryor Special Achievement Award for his ongoing advocacy for communities with military bases presented by the Association of Defense Communities. The award is given to an individual who advocates for communities with active or closed military bases. "Communities with active or closed military bases face many special concerns, from land use to economic development to ordnance disposal," said Farr. "I have been lucky enough to assist in the transition efforts at Fort Ord, and that experience has helped me push those issues locally and nationwide." As vice-chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Farr successfully increased clean-up funds from $221 million to $271 million for military bases closed prior to 2005 [11].

Electoral history[edit]

California State Assembly District 28 election, 1980[18]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr67,77053.3%
RepublicanAnn Welchner48,00137.7%
Peace and FreedomMichael G. Zaharakis6,2945.0%
LibertarianDonald E. Atkinson5,0734.0%
Totals127,138100%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
California State Assembly District 28 election, 1982[19]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)78,53471.1%
RepublicanPeter Cost31,97328.9%
Totals110,507100%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
California State Assembly District 28 election, 1984[20]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)94,61272.9%
RepublicanLester Rate35,23527.1%
Totals129,847100%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
California State Assembly District 28 election, 1986[21]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)75,11272.1%
RepublicanJeff Bosshard29,02527.9%
Totals104,137100%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
California State Assembly District 28 election, 1988[22]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)102,65470.8%
RepublicanJames L. Skillicorn42,28329.2%
Totals144,937100%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
California State Assembly District 28 election, 1990[23]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)80,55871.5%
RepublicanWest W. Walker32,09728.5%
Totals112,655100%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
California State Assembly District 27 election, 1992[24]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr101,69560.7%
RepublicanSusan Whitman58,87335.1%
Peace and FreedomDavid Lucier7,0504.2%
Totals167,618100%
Voter turnout %
Democratic gain from Republican
17th Congressional District of California Special election (round 1), April 13, 1993[25]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr23,60025.8%
DemocraticWilliam W. Monning17,05018.6%
DemocraticBarbara Shipnuck12,98214.2%
RepublicanBill McCampbell10,91111.9%
RepublicanJess Brown9,36010.2%
RepublicanBob Ernst5,1265.6%
DemocraticMartin Vonnegut2,9853.3%
RepublicanBarbara Honegger1,8552.0%
DemocraticLancelot C. McClair1,4131.5%
RepublicanJohn J. Shaw9271.0%
RepublicanCarl Cieslinkowski6960.8%
RepublicanStephen Henderson6680.7%
RepublicanTom Shannon6560.7%
LibertarianRichard J. Quigley4110.5%
DemocraticShelley Reinisch4110.5%
DemocraticKyle Samuels3940.4%
RepublicanDarrin Smolinski3610.4%
GreenKevin Gary Clark3230.4%
RepublicanLouis Darrigo3180.3%
American IndependentJerome N. "Jerry" McCready2930.3%
DemocraticEd Frey2570.3%
IndependentPeter James1640.2%
IndependentJames Ogle1200.1%
DemocraticRichard H. Kraus1010.1%
DemocraticArt Dunn1000.1%
DemocraticJack Mitchener850.1%
IndependentW. Gene Humphrey (write-in)30.0%
Totals91,570100.00%
Voter turnout %
17th Congressional District of California Special election (round 2), June 8, 1993[26]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr53,67552.3%
RepublicanBill McCampbell43,77442.6%
American IndependentJerome N. "Jerry" McCready1,6891.7%
GreenKevin Gary Clark1,2261.2%
LibertarianRichard J. Quigley9480.9%
IndependentPeter James9430.9%
IndependentJames Ogle4440.4%
IndependentTom Shannon (write-in)330.0%
Totals102,732100.00%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[27]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)87,22252.2%
RepublicanBill McCampbell74,38044.5%
GreenE. Craig Coffin5,5913.3%
Totals167,193100%
Voter turnout %
Democratic gain from Republican
United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[28]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)115,11658.9%
RepublicanJess Brown73,85637.8%
Natural LawJohn Black6,5733.3%
Totals195,545100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[29]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)103,71964.5%
RepublicanBill McCampbell52,47032.7%
LibertarianRick Garrett2,7911.7%
Natural LawScott R. Hartley1,7101.1%
Totals160,690100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[30]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)143,21968.7%
RepublicanClint Engler51,55724.7%
GreenE. Craig Coffin8,2154.0%
LibertarianRick S. Garrett2,5101.2%
ReformLarry Fenton2,2631.0%
Natural LawScott R. Hartley9960.4%
Totals208,760100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[31]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)101,63268.1%
RepublicanClint Engler40,33427.1%
GreenRay Glock-Grueneich4,8853.2%
LibertarianJascha Lee2,4181.6%
IndependentAlan Shugart (write-in)270.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[32]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)148,95866.8%
RepublicanMark Risley65,11729.2%
GreenRay Glock-Grueneich3,6451.7%
Peace and FreedomJoe Williams2,8231.2%
LibertarianJoel Smolen2,6071.1%
IndependentDavid Mauricio Munoz (write-in)750.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[33]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)120,75075.9%
RepublicanAnthony R. DeMaio35,93222.5%
IndependentJeff Edward Taylor (write-in)2,6111.6%
Totals163,293100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[34]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)168,90773.9%
RepublicanJeff Taylor59,03725.9%
IndependentPeter Andresen (write-in)6820.2%
Totals228,626100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[35]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr118,73466.7%
RepublicanJeff Taylor53,17629.9%
GreenEric Peterson3,3971.9%
LibertarianMary Larkin2,7421.5%
IndependentRonald Kabat (write-in)900.0%
Totals178,139100.00%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2012[36]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticSam Farr (incumbent)172,99674.1%
RepublicanJeff Taylor60,55625.9%
Totals233,552100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~battle/reps/farr.htm
  3. ^ "A Congressman finds a model for urban recovery". "Worldview Magazine, Winter 2007.
  4. ^ Colombian Senate "Sam Farr, congresista demócrata de E. U. recibe condecoración del Senado". "August 28, 2007."
  5. ^ [2] "Ocean Champions Community Pushes for OCEANS-21 Bill," Reuters.
  6. ^ [3] "Remarks At the Civilian Response Corps Rollout," State Department.
  7. ^ [4] Congressman Farr's Caucuses
  8. ^ [5] "Porter, Farr Host Travel and Tourism Economic Roundtable."
  9. ^ [6]
  10. ^ "Progressive Punch Rating". Retrieved October 27, 2007. 
  11. ^ "Human Rights Campaign Scorecard". Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ [7] "Poll: Residents back oil drilling off state's coast," Salinas Californian"
  13. ^ [8] Immigration (Summer 2008 E-Newsletter)
  14. ^ Iraq and Iran (Summer 2008 E-Newsletter)
  15. ^ "Salinas lawmaker attacked over Gestapo remark". Retrieved March 7, 2008. 
  16. ^ "House panel urges faster deportation of jailed illegal immigrants". Retrieved February 26, 2008. 
  17. ^ [9]
  18. ^ Our Campaigns "California State Assembly 28 Race – November 4, 1980," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).
  19. ^ Our Campaigns "California State Assembly 28 Race – November 2, 1982," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).
  20. ^ Our Campaigns "California State Assembly 28 Race – November 6, 1984," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).
  21. ^ Our Campaigns "California State Assembly 28 Race – November 4, 1986," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).
  22. ^ Our Campaigns "California State Assembly 28 Race – November 8, 1988," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).
  23. ^ Our Campaigns "California State Assembly 28 Race – November 6, 1990," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).
  24. ^ Our Campaigns "California State Assembly 27 Race – November 3, 1992," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).
  25. ^ Our Campaigns "California District 17 – Special Election Primary Race – April 13, 1993," (retrieved on August 9, 2009).
  26. ^ Our Campaigns "California District 17 – Special Election Race – June 8, 1993," (retrieved on August 9, 2009).
  27. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).
  28. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).
  29. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).
  30. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).]
  31. ^ 2002 Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).]
  32. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).]
  33. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).]
  34. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," (retrieved on August 11, 2009).]
  35. ^ Office of the California Secretary of State (retrieved on January 26, 2014).]
  36. ^ Office of the California Secretary of State (retrieved on January 26, 2014).]

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California Assembly
Preceded by
Henry J. Mello
California State Assemblyman, 28th District
1980–1992
Succeeded by
Rusty Areias
Preceded by
Sal Cannella
California State Assemblyman, 27th District
1992–1993
Succeeded by
Bruce McPherson
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Leon Panetta
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 17th congressional district

June 8, 1993–January 3, 2013
Succeeded by
Mike Honda
Preceded by
Jim Costa
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 20th congressional district

January 3, 2013–present
Succeeded by
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