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Birthdate: April 13, 1978
Birth Place: Lewiston, ID, United States
Residence: Meridian, ID
Jimmy Farris was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho, a mill town on a stretch of Snake River slackwater that backs up behind one of the last big dams ever to be built in America. He now lives in Meridian.
Farris earned a bachelor's from Montana State University, where he spent four years as a standout wide receiver.
Though undrafted, he made the San Francisco 49ers roster in 2000 before bouncing around teams for the next few years. He earned a Super Bowl ring in 2001 with the New England Patriots. In all, he played six years, caught seven passes and scored two touchdowns in the NFL.
He retired after the 2007 season and says he volunteered his time at local food banks and homeless shelters. He also started The Jimmy Farris Future Leaders Foundation.
Farris announced his run for Congress in 2011.
Jimmy Farris appears to have a penchant for what some people would view as ill-advised, long shot quests. His pro football career fits that mold, and so does his bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador.
Farris has no political experience, hadn't lived in Idaho for years before moving back to the state in the summer of 2011 and struggled during the Democratic primary in May 2012 when he beat his opponent Cynthia Clinkingbeard by less than 1,000 votes _ even though she has struggled with mental illness and had been arrested and charged with aggravated assault in the run-up to the election.
Farris concedes he made mistakes during the primary election, when he declined to debate Clinkingbeard out of what he said was respect and concern for her mental condition.
"I chose to try to protect her privacy as much as possible," Farris said.
But he'll have to do more in the general election to wrest the seat from Labrador, who as a freshman appears to have cemented his support from right-leaning, tea party voters intent on trimming government spending.
Farris' fundraising hasn't inspired confidence that he can mount a successful challenge to Labrador, despite football-related references in the media about putting the first-term GOP lawmaker "on waivers." In his pre-primary report, Farris reported raising $27,000, while Labrador brought in $560,000.
At the state Democratic convention in June 2012, Farris drew on his football experience to describe why he thinks he'd do a better job than Labrador, who Farris called a promoter of "division and gridlock." The Spokesman-Review reported that Farris told a crowd of about 100 partisans that his campaign was "about being part of a team, not a one-man show."
Source: Associated Press
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