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Rep. James L. Oberstar (D-Minn.)

District: 8th District
Political Highlights: sought Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, 1984; U.S. House of Representatives, 1975-2011
Born: Sept. 10, 1934; Chisholm, Minn.
Residence: Chisholm
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Jean Oberstar; six children
Education: College of St. Thomas, B.A. 1956; College of Europe (Belgium), M.A. 1957
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1974 (18th term)
Committee Assignments: Transportation & Infrastructure

Election History
2010generalChip Cravaack (R) 133,49048.2
James Oberstar (D) 129,09146.6
Tim Olson (INDC) 11,8764.3
Richard Burton (CNSTP) 2,4920.9
2008generalJames Oberstar (D) 241,83167.7
Michael Cummins (R) 114,87132.2
2006generalJames Oberstar (D) 180,67063.6
Rod Grams (R) 97,68334.4
Harry Welty (UNT) 5,5081.9
2004generalJames Oberstar (D) 228,58665.2
Mark Groettum (R) 112,69332.2
Van Presley (GREEN) 8,9332.6
2002generalJames Oberstar (D) 194,90968.7
Robert Lemen (R) 88,67331.2
2000generalJames Oberstar (D) 210,09467.9
Robert Lemen (R) 79,89025.8
Mike Darling (I) 19,6676.4
1998generalJames Oberstar (D) 173,73466.0
Jerry Shuster (R) 69,66726.5
Stan Estes (REF) 15,1375.7
Larry Fuhol (LIBERT) 4,5581.7
1996generalJames Oberstar (D) 185,33367.3
Andy Larson (R) 69,46025.2
Stan Estes (REF) 16,6396.0
Larry Fuhol (LIBERT) 3,6881.3
1994generalJames Oberstar (D) 153,16165.7
Phil Herwig (R) 79,81834.2
1992generalJames Oberstar (D) 167,10459.0
Phil Herwig (R) 83,82329.6
Harry Welty (PCP) 22,6198.0
Floyd Henspeter (TLC) 8,6023.0
1990generalJames Oberstar (DFL) 151,14573.0
Jerry Shuster (IR) 56,06827.0
1988generalJames Oberstar (DFL) 165,65675.0
Jerry Shuster (IR) 56,63025.0
1986generalJames Oberstar (DFL) 135,71873.0
Dave Rued (IR) 51,31527.0
1984generalJames Oberstar (DFL) 165,72767.0
Dave Rued (IR) 79,18132.0
1982generalJames Oberstar (DFL) 176,39277.0
Marjory Luce (IR) 53,46723.0
1980generalJames Oberstar (DFL) 182,22870.0
Edward Fiore (IR) 72,35028.0
1978generalJames Oberstar (DFL) 171,12587.0
1976generalJames Oberstar (DFL) 206,755100.0
1974generalJames Oberstar (DFL) 104,74062.0
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Minnesota is 35th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

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