Oberstar Says Goodbye

By KBJR News 1

December 14, 2010 Updated Dec 14, 2010 at 9:41 PM CST

Minnesota Congressmen Jim Oberstar was honored tonight by his colleagues on the house floor in Washington.

The Representative will be leaving after losing the November elections.

In that time Congressman has made a few adversaries but also many friends who spoke about the congressman tonight for a special speech on the house floor.

For thirty–six years Congressman Jim Oberstar has represented the eighth district of Minnesota, but in November Oberstar was unseated by republican challenger Chip Cravack.

Tonight Congressman Oberstar's colleagues spoke about a number of Oberstar's successes, including his work on infrastructure improvements across the country, his career and the man who has dedicated his life to public service.

A visibly moved Congressman Oberstar took to the podium and expressed his gratitude for being able to serve the people of Minnesota.

"Why I came was to serve the people to the needs of their respective families, and to leave this district, to leave this house, to leave this nation a better place then when I found it, I hope have achieved that goal."

Representative Oberstar isn't going away quietly, he's vowed to remain in public service.

He's already accepted a teaching position with the Humphries institute and there are rumors that he may yet be Secretary of Transportation.