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, 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.

Regional Jim Oberstar Stories

Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 22, 2016, 8:48 PM
Gallery: Protest erupts at St Paul school board meeting
Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 12, 2016, 6:01 PM
The Iron Range economy: The end game, lights out?
Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec. 21, 2015, 9:12 AM
Pam Myhra announces new campaign manager

National Jim Oberstar Stories

Politico, May 9, 2016, 9:02 AM
FTA steps up its game on WMATA oversight
Washington Post, March 21, 2016, 5:02 AM
Democrats could destroy the GOP â if only they would welcome antiabortion liberals
Politico, May 15, 2015, 11:15 AM
Railroads, Congress feuded while life-saving technology lagged

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May 25, 2016, 1:37 p.m.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he plans to tell legislative leaders next week what his requirements would be for a potential special session.

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