Joe Farr, a native of Monroe, Louisiana, was educated in the Monroe City School System and graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) in 1975 with a degree in business.
He began his career in insurance with his father at Rodriguez-Farr Insurance Agency, which he later purchased in 1981. He acquired another agency in April of 1983 and merged with Jerry Thomas in July 1983 to form the Thomas & Farr Agency.
Joe has served on several insurance company advisory boards including CNA, Commercial Union, St Paul, Americas, and LWCC. He has also served as Chairman of the United Fire Group panel.
He is past chairman of the ULM Foundation Board, former member of the ULM Athletic Scholarship Board, member of Monroe Rotary, life member of the Monroe Youth Baseball Board, director of the Monroe Housing Authority Board, present member of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and past board member, past chairman of United Way, and past President of The Louisiana Purchase Council of the Boy Scouts. In 2013, Joe received the highest honor awarded by the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the prestigious Rambin-Silverstein Memorial Civic Award. This award is given each year to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership service through unselfish dedication for the betterment of the greater community.
A devoted advocate of education, Joe is a current Board of Regents' member for the State of Louisiana. Regents are appointed by the Governor to represent the State's public higher education community through statewide academic planning and review, budgeting and performance funding, research, and accountability.
An avid outdoorsman, Joe is also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and life member of Ducks Unlimited.