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  Farr, Sam
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NameSam Farr
Monterey, California 93942, United States
Website [Link]
Born July 04, 1941 (79 years)
ContributorBarack O-blame-a
Last ModifedPaul
Feb 05, 2013 10:31am
InfoSam Farr, a fifth-generation Californian, represents the state's beautiful Central Coast. His district encompasses the majestic Big Sur coastline; the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; the fertile Salinas Valley "salad bowl;" the redwoods, mountains and beaches of Santa Cruz County, and the majestic rural landscape of San Benito County.
The health and wealth of this region are attributable to Rep. Farr's focus on the environment, education and the economy. Taken collectively, these "three e's" have defined the congressman's record and propelled the economic growth of the 17th District during his tenure.

Once beset by a lackluster economy and the biggest military base closing in the history of the United States, the Central Coast has become a national model for sustainable development, base conversion, marine science research and post-secondary foreign language education. The robust economic vitality on the Central Coast is buttressed by revenues of $2.4 billion from agriculture, and approximately $1.5 billion from tourism.

Rep. Farr took the lead last year in refusing to allow the U.S. Navy to establish a practice bombing range near Big Sur. This year, he has championed the cause of affordable housing by demanding that local officials provide more workforce homes on the former Fort Ord.

A member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Farr serves on two key subcommittees that enable him to promote and protect the interests of his region: agriculture and military construction. The congressman=s accomplishments for the Central Coast agriculture and military communities in recent years include lobbying for the strict federal organic standards that will take effect this month, helping to facilitate the final agreement that conveys the former Fort Ord to civilian hands, and continuing to call for establishing a veterans' cemetery at Fort Ord.

Working with colleagues from both sides of the aisle, Rep. Farr has helped engineer what amounts to a total economic turn-around of the region. Since being elected to Congress in 1993, Farr has obtained more than $65 million in defense conversion funds to start a new California State University at the closed Fort Ord military base. This university now provides a major economic stimulus for the region.

Rep. Farr, D-Carmel, also secured a new Defense Department finance center which will employ more than a hundred federal employees; a new University of California science research center; a new housing project for the homeless; a veterans' clinic; a business-industrial airport; two new public golf courses; 8,000 acres of new federal parkland, and a one-stop job training and employment center. And the congressman worked to see that California's Route 1, which wends through the famed Big Sur, was designated an "All American Road" - one of only six nationwide.

Rep. Farr has established himself as a leader in the house by chairing California's Democratic Congressional Delegation, the largest and most ethnically diverse congressional delegation in the country. This is Rep. Farr's second term as chairman.

In 1997 Congressman Farr re-established the Travel and Tourism Caucus, which he co-chairs with Rep. Mark Foley from Florida. The caucus plays a key role in developing tourism-related policy.

At the behest of Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, President Clinton in January 2000 ordered that 7,960 acres be added to Pinnacles National Monument, which straddles San Benito and Monterey counties. The rugged features of the monument include spire-like rock formations that rise 500 to 1,200 feet high, and a network of talus caves. Two primary drainage channels and periodic flash floods over millions of years have helped to sculpt the special geological features found in this monument.

Rep. Farr has served his district and others with legislative initiatives that provide tax incentives to keep America's farmland in productive use. He has also worked to shore up our democratic government with comprehensive campaign finance reform. And Rep. Farr has bolstered our country's land and ocean resources with initiatives to save essential fish habitat and enhance funding for national marine sanctuaries.

Rep. Farr was the author of the original Oceans Act, a version of which passed Congress and was signed into law on Aug. 8, 2000. Patterned after legislation that created the Stratton Commission more than 30 years ago, it will establish an inventory of our nation's coastal and marine resources, ocean programs and policies, federal funding priorities, infrastructure requirements and technological opportunities. Rep. Farr believes that an independent analysis by an oceans commission is essential in order to confront the changes that have occurred over the past three decades in our marine environment. We must also find ways to sustain and protect our oceans, and to explore ocean frontiers.

Rep. Farr co-chairs the House Oceans Caucus with three other members of Congress: Reps. Tom Allen of Maine, and Jim Greenwood and Curt Weldon, both of Pennsylvania. The caucus strives to improve oceans-related policy making in the House.

For his work, Sam Farr has been recognized as an "Environmental Hero" by the League of Conservation Voters, garnering a perfect voting record in its 1996 and 1998 ratings, and has been given perfect voting scores by the Center for Marine Conservation and Children's Defense Fund. He was named 1996 Legislator of the Year by the American Planning Association.

Before coming to the House of Representatives in 1993, Sam Farr served 12 and one-half years in the California State Assembly, being re-elected six times with overwhelming majorities. As a member of the Assembly, Sam Farr chaired the Assembly Local Government Committee as well as the Committee on Economic Development and New Technologies. He was also a member of the standing committees on education, natural resources, and finance and insurance. He was recognized as a leader in legislative efforts for educational excellence, environmental protection, economic development and new technologies.

His accomplishments included passage of laws to expand and develop the State Park system; stop offshore oil drilling and hold polluters fully financially responsible for oil spill damages; give businesses incentives to develop new technologies for environmental clean-up; place computers in public school classrooms, and study the impacts of defense conversion on the state's economy. Sam Farr was named Legislator of the Year nine times.

Prior to serving in the California Assembly, Rep. Farr was a Monterey County Supervisor. He began his career in public service in 1964 with a two-year commitment in the Peace Corps in Colombia, South America.

Rep. Farr graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon with a bachelor of science degree in biology in 1963 and attended the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the University of Santa Clara. He is fluent in Spanish.

Sam Farr was born on the 4th of July, 1941. He is a long-time resident of Carmel, California and is married to Shary Baldwin Farr. The Farrs have one grown daughter, Jessica.


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  11/04/2014 CA - District 20 Won 75.18% (+50.36%)
  06/03/2014 CA - District 20 - Open Primary Won 73.82% (+47.64%)
  11/06/2012 CA - District 20 Won 74.07% (+48.14%)
  06/05/2012 CA - District 20 - Open Primary Won 64.37% (+42.04%)
  11/02/2010 CA - District 17 Won 66.65% (+36.80%)
  06/08/2010 CA District 17 - D Primary Won 88.79% (+77.58%)
  11/04/2008 CA - District 17 Won 73.88% (+48.06%)
  06/03/2008 CA District 17- D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2006 CA - District 17 Won 75.80% (+53.25%)
  06/06/2006 CA District 17 - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/2004 CA - District 17 Won 66.73% (+37.56%)
  03/02/2004 CA District 17 - D Primary Won 91.02% (+82.04%)
  11/05/2002 CA DIstrict 17 Won 68.07% (+41.06%)
  03/05/2002 CA District 17 - D Primary Won 91.10% (+82.20%)
  11/07/2000 CA District 17 Won 68.60% (+43.91%)
  03/07/2000 CA District 17 - Blanket Primary Won 56.71% (+42.24%)
  11/03/1998 CA District 17 Won 64.55% (+31.89%)
  06/02/1998 CA District 17 - Blanket Primary Won 60.12% (+30.54%)
  11/05/1996 CA District 17 Won 58.87% (+21.10%)
  03/26/1996 CA District 17 - D Primary Won 87.74% (+77.65%)
  11/08/1994 CA District 17 Won 52.17% (+7.68%)
  06/07/1994 CA District 17 - D Primary Won 80.58% (+61.15%)
  06/08/1993 CA District 17 - Special Election Won 52.25% (+9.64%)
  04/13/1993 CA District 17 - Special Election Primary Won 25.77% (+7.15%)
  11/03/1992 CA State Assembly 27 Won 60.67% (+25.55%)
  11/06/1990 CA State Assembly 28 Won 71.51% (+43.02%)
  11/08/1988 CA State Assembly 28 Won 70.83% (+41.65%)
  11/04/1986 CA State Assembly 28 Won 72.13% (+44.26%)
  11/06/1984 CA State Assembly 28 Won 72.86% (+45.73%)
  11/02/1982 CA State Assembly 28 Won 71.07% (+42.13%)
  11/04/1980 CA State Assembly 28 Won 53.30% (+15.55%)
  06/07/2016 CA District 20 - Open Primary Lost 0.00% (-70.83%)
CA US Senate - Open Primary - Jun 07, 2016 D Loretta B. Sanchez
CA District 24 - Open Primary - Jun 07, 2016 D Salud Carbajal
US House Minority Whip - Nov 16, 2010 D Steny H. Hoyer
CA - District 10 - Special Election - Sep 01, 2009 D John Garamendi
CA US President - D Primary - Feb 05, 2008 D Chris Dodd
US President - D Primaries - Jun 03, 2008 D Chris Dodd
CA US President - D Primary - Jun 05, 1984 D Gary Hart
CA Assembly Speaker - Dec 01, 1980 D Howard L. Berman
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