Former Congressman Jim Oberstar Of
Minnesota Dies At Age 79
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[May 05, 2014]
(Reuters) - Jim Oberstar, who
represented northeastern Minnesota for 36 years in the U.S. House of
Representatives and rose to a key position for transportation and
infrastructure, died on Saturday at age 79, his family said.
Oberstar, a Democrat, was defeated in his 2010 bid for
re-election, ending the longest tenure in Minnesota history for a
member of Congress. He remained in the Washington, D.C., area after
his defeat and died at home in Potomac, Maryland, said a family
Oberstar died unexpectedly in his sleep and is survived by his wife,
Jean, and six children, the statement said.
"We are heartbroken to share the news that Jim Oberstar has passed
way," the family said. "Jim was a loving husband, father,
grandfather, friend and brother. While we mourn the loss of a good
man, we also celebrate his life and his service."
He had been chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure
Oberstar helped pass some key federal legislation, including
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which funded
transportation infrastructure projects to create jobs and boost the
economy after the recession.
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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton expressed his condolences to
Oberstar's family in a statement.
"He worked tirelessly to bring jobs, economic growth, and a better
quality of life to his constituents," Dayton, a Democrat, said.
(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City, Mo.; Editing by Alex
Dobuzinskis and Nick Zieminski)
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