Jim Oberstar

James "Jim" Louis Oberstar ( born September 10, 1934 in Chisholm, Minnesota ) is an American politician of the Democratic Party and from 1975 to 2011 Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Minnesota.


After visiting the Chisholm High School, he studied from 1952 at the College of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul and acquired there in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA). A subsequent post-graduate studies at the College of Europe in Bruges in 1957, he completed a Master of Arts (MA ) from. After his return to the U.S. he was later 1963-1974 employees on the staff of John Blatnik, a longtime Democratic congressman from Minnesota. He was also the 1971-1974 Administrative Director (Administrator) of the Committee on Public Works (U.S. House Committee on Public Works) as Blatnik was its chairman.

1974 Oberstar was elected as the successor of Blatnik even for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and represented there by seventeen elections of January 3, 1975 to January 3, 2011 the 8th Congressional District of Minnesota. Most recently, he was also Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure ( U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure). In this role, he also brought a later unanimously adopted Draft Law on Construction of the St. Anthony Falls ( 35W ) Bridge as a replacement of the previous collapsed bridge.

Oberstar is also a member of the pro-life movement Democrats for Life of America.