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After serving 18 terms, Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., sorts through paperwork Monday as he packs up his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Outgoing members of Congress are required to move to space in the basement to make room for incoming lawmakers. Oberstar lost to Republican Chip Cravaack by about 4,000 votes.

As 36 years come to a close, Oberstar packs his office

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To the victors go the spoils. And that applies to Congress, too.

Veteran U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar has moved into a new office, Room B339, Cubicle 33, in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building, a few floors below his committee chairman-sized office of the past few years.

Like dozens of other outgoing members of Congress, most of them Democrats, Oberstar had to move out of his fancier digs by Dec. 1 to make way for newcomers elected on Nov. 2.

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