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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.

Bob Shamansky
Bob Shamansky 97th Congress 1981.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1983
Preceded bySamuel L. Devine
Succeeded byJohn Kasich
Personal details
Robert Norton Shamansky

(1927-04-18)April 18, 1927
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
DiedAugust 11, 2011(2011-08-11) (aged 84)
Bexley, Ohio, U.S.
Resting placeNew Agudas Achim Cemetery, Columbus
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materOhio State University
Harvard Law School
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1950-1952
UnitCounterintelligence Corps


Early lifeEdit

Shamansky was born in 1927 in Columbus, the son of Sarah (Greenberg) and Harry Solomon Shamansky.[1] 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 Special Agent in the United States Army's Counter Intelligence Corps from 1950 until 1952.

Political careerEdit

In 1966, Shamansky ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. However, he lost to Republican incumbent Samuel L. Devine.

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 Technology Committee.

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 Columbus, Ohio. He was 84 years of age.[2][dead link][3][dead link] Shamansky shot himself at his Miranova residence on August 11 at the age of 84, an act that confounded his family and closest friends.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Robert Shamansky, former US Rep from Ohio, dies". WSYX. August 15, 2011. Archived from the original on October 9, 2011.
  3. ^ "Robert Shamansky, ex-congressman from Ohio, dies". Associated Press. August 15, 2011.

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