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Rep. Sam Farr (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-2861

Address: 1126 LHOB, DC 20515

Websites: farr.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (831) 424-2229

Address: 100 West Alisal Street, Salinas CA 93901-2687

Santa Cruz CA

Phone: (831) 429-1976

Fax: (831) 429-1458

Address: 701 Ocean Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060-4027

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Sam Farr Biography
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  • Elected: June 1993, 10th full term.
  • District: California 20
  • Born: Jul. 04, 1941, San Francisco
  • Home: Carmel
  • Education: Willamette U., B.S. 1963
  • Professional Career: Peace Corps, Colombia, 1963–65; staff, CA Assembly, 1965–75.
  • Political Career: Monterey Cnty. Bd. of Supervisors, 1975–80, chmn., 1979; CA Assembly, 1980–93.
  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Family: Married (Shary); 1 children

Sam Farr, a Democrat first elected in June 1993, is an ardent liberal and a man of the sea. He helped to create a U.S. commission on ocean policy in the late 1990s and has remained active in seeking to implement its recommendations for improving protections for oceans and coasts. Read More

Sam Farr, a Democrat first elected in June 1993, is an ardent liberal and a man of the sea. He helped to create a U.S. commission on ocean policy in the late 1990s and has remained active in seeking to implement its recommendations for improving protections for oceans and coasts.

A fifth-generation Californian, he grew up in Monterey County, where his father was a state senator for many years. Farr signed up for the Peace Corps after college, learned Spanish at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and served two years in Colombia. (He accompanied President Barack Obama on a trip there in April 2012.) He was a California Assembly staff member for a decade, became a Monterey County supervisor in 1975, and was elected to the Assembly in 1980. There, he wrote one of the nation’s strictest oil spill liability laws. In 1993, when Democratic Rep. Leon Panetta resigned from the House to become director of the Office of Management and Budget, Farr ran for his seat. He entered the race as the overwhelming favorite, and won 26% of the vote in the all-party primary to defeat two other Democrats. But in the runoff, which came after President Bill Clinton’s budget and tax increase had arrived in Congress, he had trouble against Republican Bill McCampbell, whom Panetta had defeated 72%-24% seven months earlier. Farr won, but by just 52%-43%.

In the House, Farr has a solidly liberal voting record. He is a close ally of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and a longtime advocate of normalizing relations with Cuba; he sent Obama a letter in 2009 signed by 46 House members outlining a 10-step process for doing so. On the Appropriations Committee, Farr guards against Republican attempts to cut the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s budget. In 2006, Farr helped to write the law revising rules for offshore fisheries, and in 2009, the House passed his bill to encourage a research and recovery program for endangered sea otters. The Obama administration issued an executive order in 2009 implementing a national ocean policy, and Farr urged lawmakers to pass legislation so that a future president couldn’t overturn it. But he lamented the GOP’s hostility to the idea. “Led by tea party conservatives, Republicans in Congress have launched a war on our oceans,” he said in July 2012.

Farr also looks out for his area’s tourism and agricultural industries. His bill to upgrade Pinnacles National Monument into a national park passed the House in July 2012, and he often talks up the need to control urban sprawl to protect tourism in Monterey County. “I tell people we sell scenery. Our job in the political world is to make sure that scenery is there,” he told a local audience in April 2012. After the local spinach crop was affected by an E. coli outbreak in 2006, Farr pushed for $25 million to aid producers, a provision that generated controversy after it was added to an emergency war spending bill. It was stripped from the measure that later passed. “It’s easy to make fun of spinach,” Farr said in defense of the subsidy. “But if we had eaten more of it, we would be a stronger society.” He also introduced a bill in 2009 calling for more fruits and vegetables in school breakfasts and lunches.

Nationally, Farr gets attention for some of his relatively extreme liberal positions. In 2007, he co-sponsored a resolution calling for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney, and in 2011 was among the Democratic lawmakers taking part in a “hunger fast” to protest what they said were proposed GOP budget cuts that would affect those living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad. Farr has been reelected easily, including in a newly redrawn 20th District in 2012, when he got 74% of the vote.

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Sam Farr Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Sam Farr (D)
Votes: 172,996
Percent: 74.07%
Jeff Taylor
Votes: 60,566
Percent: 25.93%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Sam Farr (D)
Votes: 68,895
Percent: 64.37%
Jeff Taylor
Votes: 23,905
Percent: 22.34%
Mike Lebarre (R)
Votes: 5,487
Percent: 5.13%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (67%), 2008 (74%), 2006 (76%), 2004 (67%), 2002 (68%), 2000 (69%), 1998 (65%), 1996 (59%), 1994 (52%), 1993 special (52%)
Sam Farr Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 91 (L) : - (C) 89 (L) : - (C) 79 (L) : 21 (C)
Social 93 (L) : - (C) 81 (L) : 15 (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 94 (L) : - (C) 93 (L) : - (C) 82 (L) : 17 (C)
Composite 96.3 (L) : 3.7 (C) 91.3 (L) : 8.7 (C) 83.8 (L) : 16.2 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV9794
CFG1516
ITIC-58
NTU1617
20112012
COC19-
ACLU-100
ACU40
ADA10095
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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