James Oberstar, former chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, died May 3 at age 79 at his home in Potomac, Md. No cause of death was given. Elected in the post-Watergate wave of 1974, the Democrat represented his northern Minnesota district for 36 years and was the state’s longest-serving congressman. Oberstar was chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2007 until he left Congress after his narrow defeat by ...

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