Shane Robinson (politician)

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Arash Shane Robinson
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 39 district
Assumed office
January 12, 2011
Preceded by Saqib Ali (D)
Personal details
Born (1976-12-26) December 26, 1976 (age 40)
Ahwaz, Khūzestān, Iran
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary
Children Gordon, Paige
Residence Montgomery Village, Maryland
Religion Methodist

Arash Shane Robinson (born December 26, 1976) is an American politician who is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 39 in Montgomery County, Maryland.[1]


Robinson was born on December 26, 1976 to American parents living in Ahwaz, Iran. As a child Robinson lived in Bolivia, the nation of his mother's birth, as well as Brazil, Maryland, Nevada, and Poland. He later graduated from Reno High School, and then attended the University of Nevada, Reno, earning dual degrees in Spanish and biology in 2000. While in college, Robinson worked as a wildland firefighter for the United States Forest Service and later joined the Peace Corps, serving in rural Zambia from 2002 to 2005. From 2005 to 2006 he worked as an English Instructor in South Korea. Following his return to the United States, he worked for a number of organizations, including the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont, the Iracambi Atlantic Rainforest Research and Conservation Center which is located in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and where Robinson resided for six months, and afterwards for the Coulter Companies (now known as MCI USA) for whom he helped manage non-profit clients and was the director of sustainability. During this period, Robinson also began work on a graduate degree in sustainable development, which he earned in 2011. Currently, Robinson is co-owner of Anthropocene Solutions, a sustainability, nonprofit management, and government affairs firm, and is co-executive director of The Ehlers-Danlos Society. He also works on the side as a National Ski Patrol alpine patroller. He is married with two children.[1]

House of Delegates[edit]

Robinson ran for one of three seats in District 39 in the Maryland House of Delegates in the fall of 2010. He came in third, behind incumbents Charles E. Barkley and Kirill Reznik.[2] He was sworn into the Maryland House of Delegates on January 12, 2011 and assigned to serve on the House Environmental Matters Committee and its Land Use and Ethics Subcommittee and Environment Subcommittee. In his first year in the legislature, he was also appointed to serve as a Trustee of the Chesapeake Bay Trust and as a member of the Task Force to Study the Establishment of a Statewide Spay/Neuter Fund.[1]

Robinson was reelected for a second term in the fall of 2014. He came in second, behind incumbent Charles E. Barkley and ahead of incumbent Kirill Reznik. During his second term he was elected Chair of the House of Delegates Delegation from Montgomery County.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2010 Race for Maryland House of Delegates–39th District[2]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Charles E. Barkley, Democratic 18,060   23.54%    Won
Kirill Reznik, Democratic 16,199   21.12%    Won
Shane Robinson, Democratic 15,961   20.81%    Won
Jim Pettit, Republican   9,695   12.64%    Lost
Bill Witham, Republican   8,482   11.06%    Lost
Al Phillips, Republican   8,482   11.06%    Lost


  1. ^ a b c "House of Delegates". Maryland Manual. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b [1]