|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives|
from the 6th district
Wayne County 3rd District (1955–1964)
January 1, 1955 – December 31, 1972
|Succeeded by||Morris Hood, Jr.|
October 16, 1921|
March 30, 2017 (aged 95)|
East Lansing, Michigan
|Resting place||St. Joseph Cemetery, Lansing, Michigan|
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.
Mahoney died on March 30, 2017, aged 95.
- The Political Graveyard: Mahoney, Robert D.
- Gongwer News Service: Robert Mahoney, 95, First Blind Person Elected To Legislature, Dies
- Detroit Free Press: Robert Mahoney Obituary
- Egan, Paul (March 31, 2017). "Robert Mahoney, Michigan's first blind state lawmaker, dead at 95". The Detroit Free Press.
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