John Astle

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John C. Astle
John Astle (2008).JPG
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 30th district
Assumed office
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 30th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1943-03-31) March 31, 1943 (age 74)
Charles Town, West Virginia
Political party Democratic
Occupation Military Pilot (Retired)

John Astle (born March 31, 1943) is an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. He is currently serving in his 4th term in the Maryland State Senate, representing Maryland's District 30 in Anne Arundel County.[1]


Astle was born in Charles Town, West Virginia and grew up in Barboursville. He graduated in 1966 from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and attended the Catholic University of America.[1] He joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1961 and received a regular commission in the Marine Corps through its Platoon Leaders Class program upon graduation from Marshall. He was a Naval Aviator flying helicopters and left active duty with the rank of Captain. He also flew the Presidential helicopter for three and a half years.[1]

He retired from the Marine Corps Reserves as a Colonel after 30 years of service.[1] He saw combat in Vietnam, earning 34 Air Medals, and was recalled to active duty for Desert Storm.

Political career[edit]


Astle was originally elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1982. He was elected to the State Senate in 1994 and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.[2]

Astle has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican Mayor Mike Pantelides in the 2017 Annapolis mayoral election. Astle ran for mayor in 1981, losing by 243 votes.[2]

Election results[edit]

  • 1990 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 30[3]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
John C. Astle, Dem. 18,009   23%    Won
Aris Allen, Rep. 16,951   22%    Won
Michael E. Busch, Dem. 16,104   18%    Won
Edith Segree, Dem. 14,341   18%    Lost
Phillip Bissett, Rep. 13,321   17%    Lost


  1. ^ a b c d "John C. Astle, Maryland State Senator". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Cook, Chase (17 January 2017). "Annapolis senator John Astle to run for mayor". The Capital. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Nov. 7, 2007