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Remembering Jim Oberstar

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Politicians and lawmakers share their thoughts as they remember Jim Oberstar.

President Obama:

"Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Congressman Jim Oberstar. Jim cared deeply about the people of Minnesota, devoting his 36 years of service to improving America's infrastructure, creating opportunity for hardworking Minnesotans, and building a strong economy for future generations of Americans. Jim will be deeply missed and Michelle and I send our condolences to his wife Jean, his children, and grandchildren."

Governor Mark Dayton:

"Congressman Oberstar was a true champion for the people of the 8th District, and for our entire state. He worked tirelessly to bring jobs, economic growth, and a better quality of life to his constituents. I extend my deepest condolences to his wife Jean, and his family."

Congresswoman Betty McCollum:

“I am deeply saddened by Jim’s passing. Jim Oberstar was a friend, a mentor, and a public servant of epic stature. Throughout his career Jim’s commitment to improving America’s transportation system saved thousands of lives, kept millions of Americans on the job, and strengthened Minnesota’s and our nation’s economy. Most of all, Jim Oberstar was a truly wonderful man who was filled with joy and compassion.”

Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman:

“Connie and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Oberstar and our thoughts and prayers are with Jean and their family. Our city, state and nation lost today one of our greatest public servants. An Iron Ranger to the core, he never forgot where he came from and fought tirelessly to strengthen local communities here at home and across the country. As we prepare for our Twin Cities to be connected for the first time by light rail transit when the Green Line opens next month, it is a shame that our greatest champion for transit won’t be there with us.”

Representative Tim Walz:

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. A titan of the Transportation Committee, Jim put people before politics and always fought tooth and nail for his constituents. He was the true definition of a public servant and someone I was proud to call a mentor and friend. While Jim may have passed, the legacy he left behind will live on for generations to come. My wife Gwen and I extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Jean, their children, and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.”

DLF Chairman Ken Martin:

“The Minnesota DFL family is saddened to hear of the loss of former Congressman Jim Oberstar. A long-time public servant, Congressman Oberstar brought Minnesota’s Iron Range values of honesty, loyalty and hard work to Washington D.C. for residents of the 8th Congressional District. Congressman Oberstar was one of the leading experts on transportation and aviation issues in the country. He held many leadership positions dealing with these issues and was internationally recognized for his expertise. Personally I was honored to have known Congressman Oberstar for many years and to work with him closely building our Party and electing Democrats to help the state of Minnesota. Minnesota lost a true legend and our thoughts are with his family at his time.”

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