Democrat Sam Farr to Retire From Congress

Farr was first elected in a 1993 special election to succeed Leon Panetta. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., announced Thursday that he'll retire from Congress after more than 22 years.

“For years my wife Shary has asked me to come home,” Farr said in a statement. “She's right. It's time. It's time to come home and spend time with her and with my daughter Jessica and my grandkids Ella and Zach.”

California: Panetta Fundraising for Farr as Son Eyes His Seaside Seat

Farr will seek re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will headline a June fundraiser for Democratic Rep. Sam Farr in the coastal California district that the former congressman's son is now eyeing.

The June 8 Pacific Grove event will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Farr's special-election victory to replace Panetta, who had resigned from the House to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget.