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Representative Sam Farr

Key Coastal Communities:
Monterey, Santa Cruz
House Oceans Caucus (co-chair), House Organic Caucus (co-chair), Congressional Coastal Caucus, National Marine Sanctuary Caucus

“Through my position as co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus, I continue to provide leadership on ocean policy in Congress. During my tenure in Congress, I have consistently fought for funding and development of ocean activities and programs, especially as administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”


Leadership: Congressman Farr has been a strong leader and tireless champion of the oceans for over 20 years in Congress. He has authored many bills on behalf of ocean health, including a truly visionary piece of legislation – H.R. 21, the Oceans Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act (“OCEANS 21”). Oceans-21 would implement key recommendations of the Pew Oceans Commission and U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy with common-sense solutions. Congressman Farr also sponsored H.R. 556, the Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act, to establish a program of research and other activities to aid the recovery of the southern sea otter. Through his sponsorship of H.R. 117 – Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2012 – Champion Farr upheld a NOAA program that uses innovative solutions to protect marine ecosystems and coastal communities from the hazards of marine debris. He has also sponsored the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2015, to establish an Ocean Acidification Advisory Board of diverse experts to analyze and help guide policy on this important ocean issue.

Representative Farr sponsored:

  • H.R. 2717 (Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1776 (Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 5545 (To reauthorize the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009.)
  • H.R. 117 (Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2012)
  • H.R. 366 (Ocean Research and Exploration Enhancement Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 556 (Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 3888 (Clean Cruise Ship Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 21 (Ocean Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act – 111th)

Representative Farr cosponsored:

  • H.R. 239 (Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act)
  • H.R. 1027 (Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1515 (Safe Hydration is an American Right in Energy Development Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1275 (Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act)
  • H.R. 1276 (Coastal State Climate Change Planning Act)
  • H.R. 1278 (Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1321 (Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1460 (Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydrofracking Environmental Regulation Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1482 (Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1548 (BREATHE Act)
  • H.R. 1814 (To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.)
  • H.R. 1952 (California Ocean and Coastal Protection Act)
  • H.R. 1960 (Land-Based Marine Debris Reduction Act)
  • H.R. 2430 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act)
  • H.R. 3392 (Carbon Capture Research and Development Act)
  • H.R. 3526 (CECIL Act)
  • H.R. 3927 (West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 4215 (CLEANER Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 69 (Antigua Convention Implementing Act of 2011, of 2013)
  • H.R. 71 (Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments of 2013)
  • H.R. 373 (Oil Pollution Research and Development Program Reauthorization Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 584 (To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require labeling of genetically engineered fish, 2013)
  • H.R. 996 (Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1012 (Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1329 (Marine Turtle Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1350 (Grand Canyon Watersheds Protection Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1425 (Marine Debris Emergency Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1491 (To authorize the Administrator of the NOAA to provide certain funds to eligible entities for activites undertaken to address the marine debris impacts of the March 2011 Tohuko earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and for other purposes, 2013)
  • H.R. 1890 (Balancing Food, Farm, and the Environment Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 2646 (REFI Pacific Act)
  • H.R. 2111 (Salmon Solutions and Planning Act of 2012)
  • H.R. 192 (Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Boundary Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 492 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 1689 (Big Oil Welfare Repeal Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 1761 (Marine Turtle Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 4493 (Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Management Enhancement Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 5241 (BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Inquiry Commission Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 6017 (Gulf Coast Health Monitoring and Research Program Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 81 (Shark Conservation Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 204 (Northern California Ocean and Coastal Protection Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 365 (Ocean and Coastal Mapping Integration Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 367 (Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 368 (Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 1080 (Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 1310 (Clean Water Protection Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 1690 (Coastal State Renewable Energy Promotion Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 1926 (Global Warming Education Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 2055 (Pacific Salmon Stronghold Conservation Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 2093 (Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 2685 (Climate and Ocean Research and Coordination Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 3644 (Ocean, Coastal, and Watershed Education Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 3650 (Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2009)