Robert Norton Shamansky (April 18, 1927 – August 11, 2011) was an
American Democratic politician and attorney from the state of Ohio. He
served in the U.S. House of Representatives for a single term from
1981 until 1983.
1 Early life
2 Political career
4 See also
6 External links
Shamansky was born in Columbus in 1927. He was a 1947 graduate of Ohio
State University and a 1950 graduate of Harvard Law School. He was
subsequently admitted to the bar in 1950. He was also a
United States Army's Counter Intelligence Corps from 1950 until
In 1966, Shamansky ran for a seat in the U.S. House of
Representatives. However, he lost to Republican incumbent Samuel L.
Fourteen years later, in 1980, Shamansky challenged Devine again. This
time, he was successful in unseating the long-time incumbent Devine,
becoming the first Democrat to represent the district since 1939. He
was also the first Democrat to represent a significant portion of the
state capital, Columbus, since 1967.
As a member of the 97th Congress, Shamansky served on the House
Foreign Affairs Committee, and as a member of the Science and
In 1982, after reapportionment, Shamansky's district absorbed a large
chunk of the more Republican-leaning 17th District. He was defeated in
his bid for re-election by future Governor of
Ohio John Kasich.
In 2006, Shamansky ran for his old congressional seat. However, the
12th had been significantly redrawn since he'd last served in
Congress, and he lost to Kasich's successor, Pat Tiberi, by 14 points.
On August 11, 2011, Shamansky died at his home in Bexley, Ohio. He was
84 years of age. Shamansky shot himself at his Miranova
residence on August 11 at the age of 84, an act that confounded his
family and closest friends.
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^ "Robert Shamansky, former US Rep from Ohio, dies". WSYX. August 15,
2011. Archived from the original on October 9, 2011.
^ "Robert Shamansky, ex-congressman from Ohio, dies". Associated
Press. August 15, 2011.
United States Congress. "
Bob Shamansky (id: S000282)". Biographical
Directory of the
United States Congress.
Bob Shamansky at Find a Grave
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Samuel L. Devine
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th congressional district
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio's 12th