Rep. Oberstar, Came To Serve, Now Says Farewell By Michael McIntee | December 14, 2010 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on CD8 Subscribe to CD8 Follow this author Rep. Jim Oberstar during a tribute on the House floor “Why I came is to serve the people…and to leave this nation a better place than I found it. I hope I’ve achieved that goal” Representative Jim Oberstar (D) Minnesota. Oberstar has served the people of Minnesota for decades. On Tuesday night members of the Minnesota Congressional caucus and other House members gathered to pay tribute to him. Oberstar lost his seat in November’s election to Republican Chip Cravaack. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.