Former Congressman Jim Oberstar of Minnesota dies at age 79

(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. “We are heartbroken to share the news that Jim Oberstar has passed way,” the family said.

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