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Sam Sharon Farr
Birthdate: July 4, 1941
Birth Place: San Francisco, CA, United States
Residence: Carmel, CA
First Elected: 1993
District: District 20
Undergraduate: Willamette University
Sam Farr was born in San Francisco and now lives in Carmel. He earned a bachelor's in biology from Willamette University in 1963.
Farr's father, Frederick Sharon Farr, was a state senator and environmentalist whose legislation established California's first scenic highway system.
The younger Farr spent two years with the Peace Corps in Colombia. He later attended the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Santa Clara University.
Farr was elected to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 1976. He served in the state Assembly from 1981 to 1993.
He won a 1993 special election to fill the U.S. House seat of Leon Panetta, who was named head of the Office of Management and Budget.
Farr and his wife, Shary, have a child.
Sam Farr's environmental credentials have made him a favorite in his coastal and reliably liberal district. In 2011, redistricting created Farr's new 20th District, which encompasses the same geographic area.
During the 112th Congress, Farr focused on homeowner relief legislation, and created a program in Salinas to help farmworkers buy their own homes. He has also worked to steer federal monies for anti-gang programs in Salinas.
Farr also helped pass laws prohibiting insurance companies from cutting off coverage and denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.
Farr supported in July 2010 an unsuccessful amendment to a bill that would have required the president to declare a timetable for withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan. He supported another unsuccessful amendment that would have restricted war funding to withdrawal and other limited uses.
He introduced legislation in early 2009 to establish ocean research programs, as well an ocean protection and governance bill.
He has supported the continued ban on oil and gas drilling off the coast of California near Monterey, despite calls to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil.
He voted in 2009 for the approximately $800 billion stimulus package backed by President Barack Obama.
Farr was among California politicians who were critical of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2008 plan for aerial spraying in urban areas to fight the light brown apple moth. Farr called the spraying program a "public disaster."
He has promoted organic agriculture and measures to reduce air and wastewater pollution from cruise ships, and he has fought efforts to overhaul the federal Endangered Species Act.
Farr also has pushed for financial assistance for West Coast fishermen hurt by restrictions to salmon fishing along the California and Oregon coasts.
Farr introduced legislation in 2005 to create a new White House Council on Ocean Stewardship to set policy and budget priorities. He also sought to make the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration an independent, science-based agency.
Farr's district is rich in agriculture and employs many immigrants, and he supports efforts to help Mexican immigrants obtain full citizenship.
He tried in 2007 to get $25 million in disaster aid for Salinas Valley spinach growers who had lost money because of an E. coli outbreak, but House and Senate conferees stripped the funding from an emergency war-spending bill. The effort earned Farr the "Porker of the Month" award from Citizens Against Government Waste. He planned to eat spinach at a news conference to show that the leafy vegetable was safe, but had to scrap the idea after he couldn't find any spinach in local grocery stores.
Farr has opposed measures to restrict abortion rights and has sought to provide private-school vouchers. He angered labor leaders with his support of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
He is co-chairman of the House Oceans Caucus and the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus.
Source: Associated Press
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