Congress plays musical chairs but leadership stays the same

Congress plays musical chairs but leadership stays the same

The political divide of the U.S. Congress remained the same after Election Day 2012, with Republicans controlling the House of Representatives and Democrats holding onto the Senate.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Bachmann ekes out win, Cravaack loses

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann toughed out a close victory in Minnesota early Wednesday, while President Obama and Sen. Amy Klobuchar breezed to wins, results showed.

No power changes in Senate, House

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The parties that were in power in the U.S. Congress before Tuesday's elections remain the parties in power, but with a few new faces.
Republicans projected to retain control of U.S. House

Republicans projected to retain control of U.S. House

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives will remain dominated by Republicans, results of Tuesday's congressional elections showed.
Dems hope to take back House, analysts aren't so sure

Dems hope to take back House, analysts aren't so sure

Democrats hope to cut into, if not outright overcome, the 241 U.S. House seats now occupied by Republicans.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Memos show different side of Obama

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- President Obama ratcheted back many of his proposals once faced with a deeply divided Washington he pledged to change while a candidate, memos indicate.
Oil spill company's legal moves slammed

Oil spill company's legal moves slammed

DETROIT, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The company responsible for an oil pipeline leak in Michigan may have compromised the legal rights of residents evacuated from the spill area, lawmakers allege.

Rail safety advocates want new system

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Rail safety advocates say they'll push for laws requiring new safety technology they say could have prevented last week's deadly Los Angeles train wreck.

FedEx dodges union bullet in Washington

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- U.S. senators in Washington have sidestepped a rule that would allow FedEx workers greater access to unions, policy observers said.

Mechanic's death added to airline probe

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- The death of an airline mechanic and immunity granted pilots for alleged mistakes that led to it are under investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Subsidy helps keep small airports on radar

Subsidy helps keep small airports on radar

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A 30-year-old U.S. government subsidy program that helps provide commercial air service to smaller communities grows despite criticism in Washington.

House panel OKs aid in bridge collapse

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The chairman of the House Transportation Committee called the Minneapolis bridge collapse "a wake-up call for the nation's infrastructure." Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., called for an increase in gas taxes to fund road and bridge work across the United St

Gephardt: GOP must move on air security

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., Wednesday demanded House Republican leadership act on some form of aviation security legislation to swiftly move

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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