Duluth International Airport is getting closer to have its terminal named after Jim Oberstar.
St. Louis County Commissioners approved $30,000 toward the renaming, the county said in a news release.
Oberstar, who died last year at the age of 79, was first elected to congress in 1974 and served Minnesota's 8th District until 2011 after losing a re-election bid. He championed America’s transportation system, fought for Iron Range mine safety, and was the longest-serving congressman in the history of Minnesota.
The Democrat was born and raised in Chisholm.
The post office in his hometown will be renamed in his memory after action from U.S. Congress this year.
“Congressman Oberstar was the godfather of public works – roads, bridges, airports, biking, all forms of transportation,” St. Louis County Commissioner Steve Raukar said in the release. “He was a leader with a multi-modal focus long before it was popular. So this is a very fitting way to pay tribute to a man who did so much, and with so much passion.”
The Duluth News Tribune says the official renaming ceremony should take place later this year.