Robert Mahoney

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Robert Mahoney
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 6th district
Wayne County 3rd District (1955–1964)
In office
January 1, 1955 – December 31, 1972
Succeeded by Morris Hood, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1921-10-16)October 16, 1921
Duluth, Minnesota
Died March 30, 2017(2017-03-30) (aged 95)
East Lansing, Michigan
Resting place St. Joseph Cemetery, Lansing, Michigan
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jennie Kubinger

Robert D. Mahoney (October 16, 1921 – March 30, 2017) was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1955 through 1972.[1][2]

Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1921, Mahoney lost his sight at age 15. He attended Northern High School in Detroit and the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing before marrying Jennie Kubinger in 1941.

He worked as a door-to-door salesman before his election to the House in 1954 to represent part of northeast Detroit, becoming the first blind member of that chamber in state history. As a legislator, Mahoney sponsored the bill to provide a state identification card for people without a driver's license, and the bill requiring vending stands in state buildings to be run by a blind proprietor. He was defeated for re-election in the 1972 Democratic primary and was appointed a member of the Wayne County Commission.[3]

Mahoney died on March 30, 2017, aged 95.[4]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Mahoney, Robert D.
  2. ^ Gongwer News Service: Robert Mahoney, 95, First Blind Person Elected To Legislature, Dies
  3. ^ Detroit Free Press: Robert Mahoney Obituary
  4. ^ Egan, Paul (March 31, 2017). "Robert Mahoney, Michigan's first blind state lawmaker, dead at 95". The Detroit Free Press.