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Samuel S. Farr (born July 4, 1941), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing the 17th District of California (map). He was born in San Francisco, California, 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 State Assembly before entering the House.
He was elected to Congress in a 1993 special election when longtime Democratic Rep. Leon Panetta resigned to become President Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff.
He recently took a leadership role for the House Democrats in opposing the Central American Free Trade Agreement because he did not think it had good environmental and worker protections. Representative Farr voted against the invasion of Iraq and is actively against the Iraq War.
Farr, a staunch liberal, opposes the USA PATRIOT Act and is pro-choice. He received a 91% progressive rating by Progressive Punch, ranking him the 42nd most progressive member of congress.
He was one of the 31 who voted in the House to NOT count the electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 presidential election .
On July 12, 2007, Farr joined 11 cosponsors (18 as of 8/15/07) of H.Res. 333 introduced in Congress that lays out three articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney. The bill maintains that the vice president purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States (1) by fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and (2) about an alleged relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda in order to justify the use of the United States Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security interests and (3) that Cheney has openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran absent any real threat to the United States. (see http://thomas.loc.gov for more details on H.Res. 333)
"Many residents in the Central Coast support the removal of Cheney from office, and I am proud to represent their values in Congress," Farr said in a brief statement .
On July 30, 2007, Farr received the Senator David Pryor Special Achievement Award for his ongoing advocacy for communities with military bases presented by the Association of Defense Communities. The award is given to an individual who advocates for communities with active or closed military bases. "Communities with active or closed military bases face many special concerns, from land use to economic development to ordinance disposal," said Farr. "I have been lucky enough to assist in the transition efforts at Fort Ord, and that experience has helped me push those issues locally and nationwide." As vice-chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Farr successfully increased clean-up funds from $221 million to $271 million for military bases closed prior to 2005 .