Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) - Family, friends and colleagues are in Washington D.C. paying their respects to the late former Congressman Jim Oberstar.
The Chisholm native who represented Northeast Minnesota for 36 years in Congress, died in his sleep early Saturday morning.
Oberstar was known for his work in improving America's infrastructure and for his ability to work with people across the political spectrum, for which he has often been praised.
Senator Al Franken says the former congressman has left a giant footprint on Minnesota's 8th district and all over the country.
"He was so of convinced that everybody was as curious, was as interested about the world as he was. In almost every case he was wrong. He was someone who was amazingly knowledgeable, because he was so curious about the world, curious in the best way, wanted to know how things worked so he could get things done," said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota).
Tthe US House of Representatives paid tribute to the late Congressmen Tuesday night during a moment of silence the floor.
Meanwhile vessels traveling on the Great Lakes will lower their flags to half-mast tomorrow in honor of Oberstar's legacy, the same day Oberstar will be laid to rest in Maryland.
Duluth Mayor Don Ness is in D.C. for the late congressman's funeral.
The Mayor worked as Oberstar's campaign manager at the ripe age of 23.
He says Oberstar took a chance on him, admitting he had little political experience at that point.