Oberstar and the Clean Water Act


Former representative Jim Oberstar died in May 2014. This video highlights the key role he played in writing what is considered landmark legislation.

Oberstar's key role in the Clean Water Act

Although he spent 35 years as a Congressman representing northeastern Minnesota, former Representative Jim Oberstar points to something he helped achieve before being elected to Congress as one of his proudest legislative accomplishments. In late 1971 while on the staff of his Congressional predecessor John Blatnik, former Congressman Jim Oberstar was Administrator to the House Committee on Public Works. As the lead staff representative on this committee Oberstar played a key role in writing what is today considered landmark legislation.

Jim Oberstar: 1934-2014

Oberstar, a Democrat, was elected to Congress in 1974 and served 18 terms — the state's longest-serving member of Congress. Read more: StarTribune article

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