- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - California Democratic Rep. Sam Farr says he’ll retire at the end of his term, ending a career in Congress spanning more than two decades.

The 74-year-old made the announcement Thursday in Salinas, California. Farr represents the 20th congressional district, which includes the Central Coast. He is the ranking member on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture.

He was first elected to Congress in 1993, filling a seat left vacant by Leon Panetta, who resigned to become President Bill Clinton’s budget director.

The congressman says he won’t run next year for the January 2017 election, after 24 years in Congress.

Farr says he’s proud of helping establish the Pinnacles National Park in California and California State University, Monterey Bay.

Farr also served for 12 years in the California Assembly.

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