Former Ohio Rep. Robert Norton Shamansky died at his home in Bexley, Ohio, last week. He was 84.
Shamansky, a Democrat, was elected to represent a historically Republican district in the state capital of Columbus in 1981. He served one term before losing his re-election bid to the state’s current governor, John Kasich, in 1983. Shamansky also was unsuccessful in seeking House seats in 1966 and 2006.
Despite running in the reliably Republican 12th district, the Columbus Dispatch said Shamansky waged a “spirited campaign” in which he spent $1.5 million of his own money in 2006. He was 79 at the time and told the paper: “If the worst thing they can say about me is that I’m old, then I’m happy to say that I’m the same age as Pope Benedict, who just started a new job.”
A lifelong Ohioan, Shamansky was born in Columbus and graduated from Ohio State University in 1947. Before embarking on a career as an attorney — he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1950 — Shamansky spent two years as a special agent for the U.S. Counter Intelligence Corps of the Army. He also had a successful career as a real estate developer.
A funeral is set for Wednesday at the Epstein Memorial Chapel in Columbus. Kasich ordered flags on state-owned property be flown at half-staff that day.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.