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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Farr's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,504,033 and $3,435,000. That averages to '''$2,469,516''', which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Farr ranked as the 126th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00007312&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Sam Farr (D-Calif), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref>
 
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Sam Farr
Sam Farr.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 20
Incumbent
In office
1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorLeon Panetta (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.20 in 2012
First elected1993
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,686,238
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
1980-1993
Monterey County Board of Supervisors
1975-1980
Education
Bachelor'sWillamette University, 1963
Personal
BirthdayJuly 4, 1941
Place of birthSan Francisco, CA
Net worth$2,469,516
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Sam Farr (b. July 4, 1941, in San Francisco, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 20th Congressional District. Farr was first elected to the House in 1993.

Farr most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 20th District. He defeated Jeff Taylor (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1] He was displaced from his former district by redistricting.[2]

Prior to his career in the U.S. House, Farr served in the California State Assembly from 1980 to 1993.

Farr is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Farr is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Farr's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1963: Graduated from Willamette University with B.S.
  • 1963-1965: United States Peace Corps
  • 1975-1980: Monterey County board of supervisors
  • 1980-1993: California State Assembly
  • 1993-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Farr serves on the following committees:[4]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies (Ranking member)
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies

2011-2012

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Farr's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than one hundred House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[7]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[7][8]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the letter asked.[8]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict,” stated the letter.[8]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. Farr was one of eighteen Democratic members to sign the letter.[8]

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[8][9] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Farr was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[8][9]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Farr voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Farr voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Farr voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Farr voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Farr joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[16][17]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[19] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[20] Farr voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[22] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Farr voted for HR 2775.[23]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Neutral/Abstain Farr did not vote on HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[24]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Farr voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[25] The vote largely followed party lines.[26]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Farr voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[27]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Farr voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[28]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Farr voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[29]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 20th Congressional District elections, 2014

Farr is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: California's 20th Congressional District elections, 2012

Farr won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 20th District.[1] He was displaced from his former district by redistricting.[30] He and Jeff Taylor (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Art Dunn (D), Mike LeBarre (R), Eric Petersen (G), Dan Caudle (Ind) and Ronald Paul Kabat (Ind). Farr went on to defeat Taylor in the general election on November 6, 2012.[31][32]

U.S. House, California District 20 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSam Farr Incumbent 74.1% 172,996
     Republican Jeff Taylor 25.9% 60,566
Total Votes 233,562
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 20 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSam Farr (D) Incumbent 64.4% 68,895
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Taylor (R) 22.3% 23,905
Mike Lebarre (R) 5.1% 5,487
Art Dunn (D) 3.8% 4,095
Eric Petersen (G) 2.1% 2,211
Ronald Paul Kabat (NPP) 1.6% 1,733
Dan Caudle (NPP) 0.7% 703
Total Votes 107,029

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Farr is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Farr raised a total of $4,686,238 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[42]

Sam Farr's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 20) Won $735,679
2010 US House (California, District 17) Won $704,177
2008 US House (California, District 17) Won $743,122
2006 US House (California, District 17) Won $773,188
2004 US House (California, District 17) Won $596,520
2002 US House (California, District 17) Won $546,287
2000 US House (California, District 17) Won $587,265
Grand Total Raised $4,686,238

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Farr's reports.[43]

Sam Farr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]April 14, 2013$73,918.48$32,650.00$(35,836.77)$70,731.71
July Quarterly[45]July 15, 2013$70,731.71$190,546.07$(124,706.28)$136,571.50
October Quarterly[46]October 11, 2013$136,571.50$88,536.44$(74,256.49)$150,851.45
Year-End[47]January 30, 2014$150,851$62,545$(46,731)$166,666
April Quarterly[48]April 15, 2014$166,666$48,345$(69,715)$145,295
Pre-Primary[49]May 22, 2014$145,295$37,118$(18,561)$163,852
July Quarterly[50]July 15, 2014$163,852$81,992$(35,547)$210,296
Running totals
$541,732.51$(405,353.54)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Farr's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Farr won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Farr's campaign committee raised a total of $735,679 and spent $727,205.[51] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[52]

Cost per vote

Farr spent $4.20 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Farr's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Farr won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Farr's campaign committee raised a total of $704,177 and spent $718,569.[53]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Farr is a "far-left Democratic leader" as of June 2013.[54]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[55]

Farr most often votes with:

Farr least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Farr missed 358 of 13,291 roll call votes from June 1993 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[56]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Farr paid his congressional staff a total of $1,064,172 in 2011. He ranked 113th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 100th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[57]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Farr's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,504,033 and $3,435,000. That averages to $2,469,516, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Farr ranked as the 126th most wealthy representative in 2012.[58]

Sam Farr Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Farr ranked 22nd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[59]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Farr ranked 71st in the liberal rankings.[60]

Voting with party

2013

Farr voted with the Democratic Party 96.0% of the time, which ranked 72nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[61]

Personal

Farr and his wife, Shary, have one child.

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See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," accessed March 3, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Sam Farr," accessed November 3, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
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  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
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  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
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  27. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  28. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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  32. Unofficial election results
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  52. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
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  61. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Leon Panetta
U.S. House - California
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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