Bexley News

Bexley mourns loss of Bob Shamansky

Funeral services were held Aug. 17 at Agudas Achim Synagogue in Bexley for former Congressman, philanthropist and attorney Robert N. Shamansky, who died unexpectedly at his home on Aug. 11. He was 84.

A graduate of Bexley High School, Ohio State University and Harvard Law School, Shamansky served in the U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence Corps before his first run for U.S. Congress in 1966, which he lost to longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Samuel L. Devine.

In 1980, he defeated Devine and served in Congress until Jan. 3, 1983, when he lost to John Kasich.

Shamansky made another bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006 at age 80. He spent $1.4 million of his own money in that race against incumbent Republican Pat Tiberi.

Shamansky reflected on his time in Congress during a 1989 interview with the Columbus Jewish Historical Society.

"There are more good people than bad people in Congress, no matter what you might read or think," he said. "That would be for both Republicans and Democrats. There are some bad characters, but, for the most part, there are some greatly qualified people there."