Rep. Daniel Lipinsky, D-Ill., said he plans to introduce legislation that would name the Department of Transportation headquarters building in Washington, D.C., for Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., who chaired the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee the past four years.
Oberstar was unexpectedly defeated for re-election in the Duluth-centered district he has represented since 1975, and is expected to be replaced as T&I chairman by ranking Republican John Mica of Florida.
Lipinsky made the remarks in a Dec. 2 session of that committee, where House members, staff and those in the audience also gave Oberstar two standing ovations.
"I am right now working on legislation to name the U.S. DOT building, James L. Oberstar U.S. Department of Transportation Building," Lipinksky said. He told other committee members that "you'll hear from me on this soon, and I appreciate your help on this."
Lipinsky isn't alone in planning to name the DOT building after Oberstar, who is considered an expert on a wide range of transportation policy issues.
Earlier in the session, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., told Oberstar that "some of us have found a building in the nation's capital" that they believe should bear his name.
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