Sam Farr

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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
First elected1993
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$2,484,515
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Sam Farr (b. July 4, 1941) 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 won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 20th District as a Democrat.[1] He was displaced from his former district by redistricting.[2]

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

Specific votes

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 one 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.[5]

Elections

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 as a Democrat.[1] He was displaced from his former district by redistricting.[6] He and Jeff Taylor (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Art Dunn (D), Mike LeBarre (R), Eric Petersen (G), Dan Caudle (Ind), and Ronald Paul Kabat (Ind). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[7][8]

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.[18]

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

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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

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 he 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.[23]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Farr's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,509,031 and $3,460,000. That averages to $2,484,515, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 17.50% from 2010.[24]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Farr's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,319,021 and $2,910,000. That averages to $2,114,510.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

Voting with party

2013

Sam Farr voted with the Democratic Party 96.0% of the time, which ranked 72nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[28]

Personal

Farr and his wife, Shary, have one child.

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. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
  7. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  8. Unofficial election results
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Sam Farr," Accessed March 22, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Sam Farr 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Sam Farr 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 3, 2011
  21. Gov Track "Sam Farr," Accessed June 7 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Sam Farr," Accessed April 2, 2013
  23. LegiStorm "Sam Farr"
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Farr, (D-California), 2011"
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Farr, (D-California), 2010"
  26. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Leon Panetta
U.S. House - California District 20
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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