Congressman Oberstar Receives SOBA Congressional Award


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SOBA Presents Congressional Award During 2007 Boating Congress Association's most prestigious award presented to James L. Oberstar

CHICAGO, June 7, 2007 - In early May, the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) presented its most prestigious award, the SOBA Congressional Award, to Congressman James L. Oberstar (D-Minn.) during a small ceremony held in conjunction with the 2007 American Boating Congress (ABC) in Washington, D.C.

SOBA President Terry Boyd (Alabama) and Past President Larry Killien (Minnesota) presented the award to Rep. Oberstar in recognition of his many years of service, dedication and support of boating access. Through his support, the State of Minnesota was able to develop the Lake Superior Safe Harbor Program, as well as fund and develop quality access facilities. The Safe Harbor Program provides boaters and anglers the opportunity to access and use Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world.

"Congressman Oberstar has been instrumental in working to ensure adequate funding and support of boating access not only in Minnesota, but also throughout the U.S. and its territories," Killien said during the presentation ceremony. "It was an honor for me to nominate you and be able to present to you SOBA's most prestigious award. On behalf of boaters and anglers everywhere, I thank you."

Oberstar began representing Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District in Congress in 1975, and is now in his 17th term, the longest service in the U.S. House of Representatives from the state. He currently serves as Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The committee has jurisdiction over: America's surface transportation; freight and passenger rail; the inland waterway system (including the St. Lawrence Seaway); international maritime commerce; the Economic Development Administration; the U.S. Corps of Engineers' support of the nation's water resources; and the Federal Clean Water Program.

Formed in 1986 by a small group of state boating officials, SOBA was designed to promote the acquisition, development and administration of recreational boating facilities nationwide. Membership in the organization has now expanded to all 50 states and five territories, and includes not only state boating officials but also consultants, engineering firms, manufacturers, suppliers, publishers and other businesspersons interested in boating access.

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