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Oberstar to Transportation?

For Transportation secretary in the Obama administration, a name that keeps floating to the top of the list is Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Transportation Committee and an early Obama supporter.

Oberstar has not indicated any interest in the job, according to Jim Berard, director of communications for the Transportation committee.

Other names include:

-- Linda Daschle, former deputy administrator of the FAA, longtime lobbyist for the airlines and wife of former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle.

-- Jane Garvey, head of the FAA from 1997-2002.

-- Mort Downey, who is said to be taking a leading role in transition planning at the department, has also been discussed as a possible secretary.

Washington's transportation bureaucracy should not be surprised to see an influx of talent from Obama's hometown of Chicago, home of the nation's second-largest airport, O'Hare International.

-- Frank Ahrens

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By Frank Ahrens  |  November 6, 2008; 1:59 PM ET
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