About Jim Oberstar

  • Born Sept. 10, 1934
  • U.S. Representative since 1975 (18 terms)
  • Degrees in French and political science from University of St. Thomas
  • Master's degree from College of Europe in Belgium
  • Chief staff assistant to Rep. John Blatnik for 12 years
Rep. Jim Oberstar
After 18 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's longest serving Congressman Jim Oberstar was narrowly defeated by Republican Chip Cravaack.

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Great Lakes freighter renamed to honor Oberstar The carrier is owned by Interlake Steamship Co. Company officials say Oberstar deserves to be recognized because he made the Great Lakes a priority during his entire congressional career.
Cravaack, Duffy Cravaack, Wis. counterpart emphasize spending cuts Incoming Republican U.S. Reps. Chip Cravaack and Sean Duffy met in Duluth Tuesday for a briefing on Great Lakes, port and shipping issues. Afterward, they provided few specifics about their positions on those or other issues -- beyond the need to rein in federal spending.
Humphrey Institute talking to Oberstar about role Outgoing U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar is talking to the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute about a possible role.
Politics in the 8th: A red blip or something more? If anything can be concluded from last week's election, it's that -- like many areas of the country -- the 8th District has become less predictable.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 23, 2014, 11:21 AM
Rick Nolan's greatest challenge in MN-8
Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 19, 2014, 5:17 PM
Duluth, Hibbing airports seek Oberstar naming rights
St. Cloud Times, July 14, 2014, 12:15 AM
2 Minnesota airports want terminals named for Oberstar

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Aug. 1, 2014, 4:45 p.m.
State election officials reported today that they’ve distributed nearly 19,000 absentee ballots for the August 12 primary, and about half have been returned.

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