Robert D. Mahoney was born on October 16, 1921, in Duluth, Minnesota and died on March 30, 2017.
He was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1955 through 1972.
He lost his sight at age 15.
Mahoney attended Northern High School in Detroit and the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing before marrying Jennie Kubinger in 1941.
Mahoney 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.
He worked 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.
Mahoney was defeated for re-election in the 1972 Democratic primary and was appointed a member of the Wayne County Commission.
Robert D. Mahoney passed away at 95 years old.