Rep. Jim Oberstar Says Farewell To Transportation Committee By Michael McIntee | December 2, 2010 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on CD8 Subscribe to CD8 Follow this author After decades in Congress and many years at the helm of the powerful Transportation Committee, Representative Jim Oberstar chairs last meeting. He was defeated last month by Republican Chip Cravaack. Oberstar told the committee that he wished he would still be in Washington come January. Oberstar said the real measure of accomplishment is will it be there for our children. Ranking Republican John Mica of Florida said he will miss the bipartisan demeanor of Democrat Oberstar. Photo by John Schadl, Jim Oberstar office Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.