Jim Oberstar

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Jim Oberstar
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U.S. House, Minnesota, District 8
Former member
In office
Jim Oberstar was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Minnesota. He was in office from 1975 to 2011 and represented Minnesota's 8th Congressional District.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Oberstar's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1956: Graduated from College of St. Thomas with B.A.
  • 1957: Graduated from College of Europe in Bruges Belgium with M.A.
  • 1963-1974: Staff for U.S. Representative John Anton Blatnik
  • 1971-1974: Administrator of the Committee on Public Works for the United States House of Representatives
  • 1975-2011: U.S. Representative from Minnesota


Specific votes

Rep. Oberstar voted for TARP.[2] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61 percent of Americans disapproved of TARP, while 37 percent approved.[3]

Oberstar also supported the auto bailout.[4] As of September 13, 2010, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43 percent supported it.[3]

In addition, Rep. Oberstar voted for the stimulus bill.[5] A total of 57 percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Only 38 percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.[6]

Oberstar also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[7] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.[8]

Oberstar supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[9] Just after the bill’s passage, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19 percent believed that it would help. Another 15 percent said that the bill would have no impact.[10]

Finally, Oberstar voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[11] About 57 percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal. Only 35 percent of likely voters opposed repeal. A total of 51 percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Blatnik
U.S. House of Representatives - Minnesota, District 8
Succeeded by
Chip Cravaack