Rep. James Oberstar

Former Representative from Minnesota’s 8th District, Democrat

Oberstar, a Democrat, was the representative for Minnesota's 8th congressional district from 1975 to 2010.



Our unique analysis of the bills Oberstar sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Oberstar is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Oberstar sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (25%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Environmental Protection (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Law (10%) Emergency Management (9%) Commerce (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Oberstar’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Dec 2010, Oberstar missed 804 of 21,297 roll call votes, which is 3.8%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. ProPublica has tracked 28 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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