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Below is an abbreviated outline of Oberstar's academic, professional and political career:
- 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
In addition, Rep. Oberstar voted for the stimulus bill. 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. 
Oberstar supported the "Cap and Trade" bill. Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.
Finally, Oberstar voted in favor of the health care reform bill. 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "James Louis Oberstar," Accessed September 3, 2012
- Vote Results, October 3, 2008
- GALLUP politics, "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
- Vote Results, December 10, 2008
- Vote Results, January 28, 2009
- Rasmussen Reports, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
- Vote Results, June 9, 2009
- Rasmussen Reports, "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
- Vote Results, June 26, 2009
- Rasmussen Reports, "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
- Vote Results, March 21, 2010
- Rasmussen Reports, "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
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