Sam Farr has served the Central Coast in elected office for more than 40 years, including nearly the last 24 years in Congress. Following in his father’s footsteps, the late California State Senator Fred Farr, Sam has dedicated his life to public service and his accomplishments will have long-term, wide-ranging impact now and far into the future.
From 1964 to 1966, Sam served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia where he developed a deep connection to Latin America and became fluent in Spanish. He carried on his connection with Colombia in helping develop Plan Colombia and recently attended the peace accord signing ceremony with Secretary Kerry in Cartagena, Colombia.
Post Peace Corps, he worked as a California Assembly staffer for a decade before being elected as a Monterey County Supervisor in 1975. In 1980, he was elected to the California State Assembly, where he wrote one of the nation's strictest oil spill liability laws and championed the organics industry. He was first elected to Congress in 1993.
As an elected official, Sam’s career focused on improving the quality of life for his constituents on the Central Coast, Californians, Americans, and people across the world. He advocated tirelessly for California agriculture and organics, affordable housing, public transportation, health care, veterans and military families, education, farmworkers, travel and tourism, and a robust foreign policy with a particular interest in Latin America stemming from his Peace Corps service.
He has also been a champion for defense communities, especially for the Central Coast after the largest base closure in American history. He led the revitalization of the former Fort Ord which now has a joint Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense health clinic, a new Central Coast Veterans Cemetery, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), and got President Obama to designate the back lands of Fort Ord as Fort Ord National Monument.
Furthermore, he led the effort in Congress to elevate Pinnacles into America’s newest National Park, which is helping drive economic growth through expanded tourism to the region. Sam’s legacy also includes being a renowned leader for ocean conservation, including authoring the National Ocean Policy and securing federal funding for the state-of-the-art research facility in Santa Cruz for the National Marine Fisheries Service
Sam was born on the 4th of July, 1941. He graduated from Carmel High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He and his wife Shary are longtime residents of Carmel, and have one grown daughter, Jessica. They are also the proud grandparents of two seventh generation Californians, Ella and Zachary.
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