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Bob Shamansky

(1927 - 2011)

Robert Norton "Bob" Shamansky was a Jewish American politician and member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Shamansky (born April 18, 1927; died August 11, 2011) was born in Columbus, Ohio. He recieved his B.A. from Ohio State University in 1947 and his LL.B. from Harvard University in 1950. Shamansky served in the United States Army Counter-Intelligence Corps as a special agent from 1950 to 1952.

In 1966, Shamansky unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, losing to Republican incumbent Samuel Devine. Fourteen years later, in November 1980, Shamansky challenged Devine again and this time emerged victorious in the general election, thus becoming the first Democrat to represent Ohio's 12th district since 1939. Shamansky, however, served only one term before being unseated in the 1982 election by future Ohio governor John Kasich.

In 2006, Shamansky ran again for his old seat in Congress but lost to Republican Pat Tiberi by 14 points.

On August 11, 2011, Shamansky died at his home in Bexley, Ohio. He was 84 years of age.

Sources: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress; Wikipedia