Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - After representing Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District in Washington for 36 years....Democratic US Congressman Jim Oberstar lost to his Republican opponent.
A choked up Jim Oberstar said the people have spoken and he is leaving congress very sad but with a peaceful mind.
Oberstar lost to republican challenger Chip Cravaack by slightly more than 4,000 votes.
Oberstar said he doesn't regret any vote he's made in his career–including his vote for healthcare reform.
"I've always after the previous 18 elections said "thank you." I say "thank you" again for the privilege of serving you...the people...of the 8th district...which I love and whom I love."
Surrounded by staff and supporters Oberstar recalled his time in office fighting for his district.
“First and foremost Jim is a friend and I’ve had the great privilege and honor of having worked for Jim and getting to know him and he’s always so generous and I think that defines him. You can point to all the accomplishments and great record in Congress and all the Political victories but what defines Jim Oberstar is the person that he is,” said Duluth Mayor Don Ness.
Oberstar says he will still continue his public service to Minnesota–though he doesn't know exactly how yet.