Congressman Sam Farr has represented California’s Central Coast for 23 years and is its longest serving member in Congress. He first entered public service in 1964 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia. During his career in public service at the local, state, and federal level that spans over five decades , Farr has been a leading advocate for California agriculture, an outspoken activist for affordable housing, a champion of the oceans, and authored legislation to establish Pinnacles National Park.
First elected to Congress in 1993 by special election, Farr serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which oversees the distribution of the federal budget. He is the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration, and is the longest serving Democrat on the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. Farr also serves on the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.
Farr co-chairs the House Oceans Caucus, the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, the Congressional Organic Caucus, the Defense Communities Caucus, and the Unexploded Ordnance Caucus.
Prior to coming to Congress, Farr served twelve years in the California State Assembly and six years as Monterey County Supervisor. He graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and attended the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the University of Santa Clara. He was raised in Carmel, California, and is married to Shary Baldwin Farr. The Farrs have one daughter and two grandchildren.
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