House Transportation Chair loses seat

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DULUTH, Minn. – Rep. James Oberstar, who has held a seat in Congress for 34 years and was chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, lost his bid for re-election Tuesday. Oberstar was known as the one of the leading experts on transportation policy. He was heavily involved in rail issues, and was a backer of partial re-regulation of the railroad industry and pushed for reform of the hours-of-service law.

With Oberstar gone, the committee chairmanship will likely fall to the ranking member, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. Like Oberstar, Mica is well versed on rail issues. He supports making the Northeast Corridor into a true high-speed corridor, but has called for the restructuring of Amtrak and has introduced legislation in the past that would have included spinning off Amtrak routes to states and the private sector.
DULUTH, Minn. – Rep. James Oberstar, who has held a seat in Congress for 34 years and was chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, lost his bid for re-election Tuesday. Oberstar was known as the one of the leading experts on transportation policy. He was heavily involved in rail issues, and was a backer of partial re-regulation of the railroad industry and pushed for reform of the hours-of-service law.

With Oberstar gone, the committee chairmanship will likely fall to the ranking member, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. Like Oberstar, Mica is well versed on rail issues. He supports making the Northeast Corridor into a true high-speed corridor, but has called for the restructuring of Amtrak and has introduced legislation in the past that would have included spinning off Amtrak routes to states and the private sector.
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