Tyras S. Athey

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Tyras Snowden "Bunk" Athey
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Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 32nd district
In office
Preceded by new district
Succeeded by Theodore J. Sophocleus
Constituency Anne Arundel County
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 6a district
In office
Maryland Secretary of State
In office
Preceded by Winfield M. Kelly, Jr.
Succeeded by John T. Willis
Personal details
Born (1927-03-30)March 30, 1927
Burtonsville, Maryland, United States
Died July 20, 2010(2010-07-20) (aged 83)
Hospice of the Chesapeake, Annapolis
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) (nee Dorothy "Chick" O' Lexey
Children Bryan, Cathleen, Darlene
Religion Christian

Tyras Snowden "Bunk" Athey (March 30, 1927 – July 20, 2010) was an American politician from Maryland.[1][2] Athey served in the Maryland House of Delegates 1967–1993 and Secretary of State of Maryland 1993–1995.[3]


Athey was the son of the late Joseph T. (Tax) and Harriett E. Athey. Athey's parents owned and operated a country grocery store, he was born and raised in Burtonsville. His grandfather nicknamed him "Bunk" after a popular 1920s comic strip character. He attended Montgomery County public schools. After graduating from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring in 1945, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served in the waning days of World War II as a corpsman aboard the USS Consolation, a hospital ship

In the legislature[edit]

Athey served in the House of Delegates, initially representing district 6a from 1967 to 1974. After the 1974 redistrictiing, he represented the 32nd district in Anne Arundel County, from 1975 to 1993. He was chairman of the House Ways and Means committee for nearly 10 years, from 1983 to 1993. During this time his committee passed legislation giving fiscal relief to the Maryland thoroughbred racing industry in the form of decreased handles and tax breaks. He was also a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, 1976–80; the Joint Budget and Audit Committee, 1979–90. Athey also chaired the Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference. Other committees incled: the Fiscal Affairs and Governmental Operations Committee, the Anne Arundel County Delegation, the Maryland Committee on Federal Income Tax Conformity, the Special Joint Committee on Patuxent Institution, the Special Joint Committee on Income Tax Reform, the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, the Legislative Policy Committee, the Management Subcommittee, the Spending Affordability Committee and the Special Joint Committee on Energy Pricing. Athey served as the Maryland representative to the Council of State Governments.


  1. ^ http://wjz.com/wireapnewsmd/Tyras.Athey.longtime.2.1819845.html[dead link]
  2. ^ "Athey, Tyras S.". Our Campaigns. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tyras S. Athey (1927-2010)". Maryland State Archives. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 

Political offices
Preceded by
Winfield M. Kelly, Jr.
Secretary of State of Maryland
Succeeded by
John T. Willis