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Sam Farr served 12 terms in the US Congress, representing California’s 17th and 20th districts from 1993-2017.

He served on the House Appropriations Committee, rising to ranking member of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. He also served on the House Democracy Assistance Commission, which worked with partner legislatures in emerging democracies to enhance accountability, transparency, legislative independence, and government oversight. He authored the legislation creating the State Department’s Office of the Coordinator of Reconstruction and Stabilization.

Before he was elected to Congress, Farr served in the California State Assembly from 1980 to 1993. He became interested in Latin America as a Peace Corps volunteer during the 1960s in Colombia, where he taught community development skills in the department of Antioquia.

Farr holds a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and attended Santa Clara University School of Law and the Monterey Institute of International Affairs.