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House committee investigates FAA safety lapses in Washington
Rep. James Oberstar, D-MN, chairs a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing regarding lapses in Federal Aviation Administration oversight on airliner safety on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 3, 2008. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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James Louis "Jim" Oberstar (born September 10, 1934) is an American politician. A member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, he has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1975, representing Minnesota's 8th congressional district. The district is located in the northeastern part of the state, including the cities of Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids, International Falls, and Hibbing.

In 2007, Oberstar became chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

He was born in Chisholm, Minnesota, and still owns his original family home in Chisholm. He received his B.A. at the College of St. Thomas (now the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul). He also received a Master's degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, with further study at Université Laval in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada and Georgetown University. He spent four years as a civilian language teacher in the United States Marine Corps, teaching English to Haitian military personnel and French to American Marine officers and noncommissioned officers.

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