These are Representative Sam Farr’s last weeks in Congress. He retires in January after serving the Monterey Bay Area for 23 years. Even as he packs to leave, he working to complete legislation still moving through both houses. I reached him at his office in DC to talk about this time of transition for himself and the country.
If you’ve read your John Steinbeck and listened to your Merle Haggard, or if you grew up in a farmworker family, you know that farm laborers in California have struggled to find decent housing for decades.
In Congress the Monterey Bay Area has been represented by a Democrat for forty years, and that’s a tradition that will continue. Voters have elected Democrat Jimmy Panetta to represent them in the 20th Congressional District.