|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Ohio's 12th district
January 3, 1981 - January 3, 1983
|Samuel L. Devine|
Robert Norton Shamansky
April 18, 1927
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||August 11, 2011 (aged 84)|
Bexley, Ohio, U.S.
|Resting place||New Agudas Achim Cemetery, Columbus|
|Alma mater||Ohio State University|
Harvard Law School
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1950-1952|
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. Shamansky's life was marked by hardship, Jewish pride and tilting at windmills.
Shamansky was born in 1927 in Columbus, the son of Sarah (Greenberg) and Harry Solomon Shamansky. 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.
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.
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.[dead link][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.