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Former Congressman James Oberstar joins NSI

James OberstarWashington, D.C. — Nov. 2, 2011 — National Strategies LLC (NSI) today announced that former Minnesota Congressman James L. Oberstar has joined the company as senior adviser for its transportation and infrastructure practice, effective immediately. As the preeminent leader on transportation and infrastructure issues in the country, he will provide counsel and strategic insights to NSI’s clients and partners.

“Congressman Oberstar’s astute understanding of the fast changing world of transportation and infrastructure is unparalleled,” said Al Gordon, CEO of NSI. “His experience and stature will lend invaluable counsel to our clients and colleagues.”

Elected in 1975 to represent the 8th Congressional District of Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives, Oberstar became the body’s leading expert on transportation policy and aviation safety. From 1989 through 1995, he chaired the Subcommittee on Aviation, passing important legislation that led to better maintenance, safer aircraft, and increased investment in airports and the air traffic control system. Later, as the Ranking Democrat of the full Transportation Committee, he worked in a bipartisan manner to enact legislation that treats the Highway Trust Fund as though it were off budget to ensure that gas taxes are used to fix roads and bridges and not to make the budget deficit look smaller.

In January 2007, Oberstar was elected chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; during his tenure, some 300 bills and resolutions under the Committee’s jurisdiction were passed by the full House of Representatives, nearly 200 of which were approved by both the House and Senate and became law. The bills included several pieces of legislation that had not been considered by previous Congresses, even though they enjoyed broad bipartisan support.

As part of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s charge to oversee public buildings, Oberstar helped bring new green technologies to federal civilian office facilities across the nation, cutting down on the $500 million dollar electricity bill the U.S. government pays each year. In addition to his role at NSI, Oberstar serves as visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for The Kennedy Center and is a Board Member for the Mineta I.I.STPS Institute at San Jose State.

“Joining the NSI team is an exceptional opportunity to put my understanding of transportation and infrastructure to task with different clients,” said Oberstar. “NSI’s strong culture, collaborative approach and reputation for client service in the transportation and infrastructure fields make this an ideal fit.”

An avid cyclist, Oberstar has been a champion of creating trails for cycling and hiking to promote healthy living and more active lifestyles. In 2005, he authored through to enactment The Safe Routes to Schools Act, a $612 million program that helps school districts address the growing problem of childhood obesity by building biking and walking paths to schools, establishing crossing guards and promoting safety programs.


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