Sam Farr

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Sam Farr ()
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Sam Farr, a Democrat, has represented the 17th District of California in the U. S. House of Representatives since 1993.


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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2008 Scorecard
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce not avail. not avail.

Iraq War

Farr voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Support for gun control

Farr cosponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on July 14, 2005.[2]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation


In the February 19, 2003, edition of the Santa Cruz Metro, the Santa Cruz Peace Coalition issued a press release, which was quoted in the Nüz column:

"Rep. Farr has not been an ally in many of our struggles: he supported the bombing in Serbia, he continues to support Plan Columbia [sic], and he votes Yes for most military appropriations."
All of which apparently led the California Peace Action to give Sam a C+ on his voting record, which they claim is considerably worse than that of other Bay Area reps.
"His support for NAFTA and other 'free trade' measures, meanwhile, demonstrates that Rep. Farr does not mind waging economic and environmental warfare on the world's most desperate people," continued the release, which ended by extending an invite to meet Sam "to discuss his voting record. We hope that soon he will join with us in our efforts to silence forever the guns of empire and extend the hand of peace."

Similar and more extensive criticisms were made by Joe Williams and Ray Glock-Gruenich, the Congressional nominees of the Peace & Freedom and the Green Party, respectively, during their campaigns for Congress in 2004.


Farr was born July 4, 1941 in San Francisco, California. He was educated at Willamette University, Santa Clara University, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, served in the Peace Corps, and was a staff member of the California State Assembly, a member of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, and a member of the California State Assembly before entering the House.

He recently took a leadership role for the House Democrats in opposing the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) because he did not think it had good environmental and worker protections.[1]

Representative Farr voted against the invasion of Iraq and is a vocal voice against the Iraq War.[2]

Representative Farr is a staunch liberal who voted against the Patriot Act. He is pro-choice, pro medical marijuana[3] and against immigration reduction and voter identification initiatives.[4]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Anthony R. De Maio to challenge Farr in his November 2006 bid for reelection. In addition, Christopher Lee Brozda entered the race as an independent candidate. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [5] Farr retained his seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the California superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Sam Farr, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

Money in Politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Ocean Mist Farms$ 12,600
American Crystal Sugar$ 10,000
American Federation of Teachers$ 10,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union$ 10,000
National Assn of Realtors$ 10,000
Blackstone Group$ 8,000
Couch Distributing Co$ 7,800
RC Farms$ 7,600
American Assn for Justice$ 7,500
National Rural Water Assn$ 7,500
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Sam Farr
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture Rural Development Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies

Coalitions and Caucuses (selected)

  • Bi-Partisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Internet Caucus
  • Congressional Organic Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Congressional Rural Housing Caucus
  • Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • House Army Caucus
  • House Oceans Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • House Rural Health Care Coalition
  • U.S.-Philippines Caucus

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Sam Farr. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 1126 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2861 Fax: 202-225-6791
    Webform email
District offices
  • 100 West Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93901
    Ph: 831-424-2229 Fax: (none entered)
  • 701 Ocean Street, Room 318, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Ph: 831-429-1976 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 1312


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