Rep. Sam Farr announces retirement

Rep. Sam FarrSamuel (Sam) Sharon FarrMedical marijuana supporters hopeful about government funding bill Marijuana advocates to give away free joints on Capitol Hill DEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion MORE (D-Calif.) announced Thursday that he won’t seek reelection next year after serving 22 years in the House.

At a press conference in Salinas, Calif., Farr cited a desire to spend more time with his family.

"What really struck in the last year is that next July 4, I’ll be 75 years old. And I was just thinking about, what do you do with the rest of your life?" Farr said, recalling how his wife urged him to "come home."

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"I woke up and realized they are right," he said.

Farr was first elected in a 1993 special election to succeed Leon Panetta, who had resigned to become director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton administration. 

He has since become a senior appropriator and currently serves as the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Department of Agriculture.

The Monterey-area district is expected to remain in the Democratic column following Farr’s retirement.

Farr is the 12th House member to announce retirement so far this cycle.