Steel Industry Mourns Loss of Revered Congressman Jim Oberstar

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For Immediate Release
May 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – The President and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Thomas J. Gibson, and steel industry leaders nationwide expressed sorrow over the death of former Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) who was an admired friend and ally of the steel industry. Oberstar's funeral is taking place tomorrow in Maryland.

"America's steel industry has lost a good friend and a true gentleman with the passing of Congressman Jim Oberstar. He was a strong and tireless advocate for the steel industry and the tens of thousands of steel-related jobs in communities across the nation, and always strived to support policies that would strengthen U.S. manufacturing and keep those jobs in America. Above all, Congressman Oberstar epitomized the definition of a true public servant," said Gibson.

Congressman Oberstar was the son of an iron miner and represented Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, which includes the iron ore range, in Congress for 36 years. Oberstar was the longest serving Congressman in Minnesota history, serving since 1975. He chaired the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and was a tenacious champion of rebuilding the nation's infrastructure.

"Congressman Oberstar was a true transportation policy expert who was committed to working with his colleagues of both political parties. Given the serious infrastructure challenges currently before our nation, his expertise and willingness to work across the aisle will be deeply missed," he said.

"On behalf of AISI and our members nationwide, we extend our sincere condolences to the Oberstar family. Congressman Oberstar will always be remembered as a loyal friend of America's steel industry and its workers," Gibson concluded.

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