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 76)
Charles Town, West Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
EducationMarshall University, B.A., sociology, 1966
Catholic University of America, graduate studies, 1972–74
OccupationMilitary pilot (retired)
AwardsLegion of Merit[1]
Purple Heart (2)
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceSeal of the United States Marine Corps.svg U.S. Marine Corps
Years of service1961–1996
Battles/warsVietnam War
Desert Storm

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.[2]


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.[2]

Military service — United States Marine Corps[edit]

He joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1961 and received a commission as an officer 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.[2]

He retired from the Marine Corps Reserves as a Colonel after 30 years of service.[2] He saw combat in Vietnam, earning 34 Air Medals and 2 Purple Hearts. He 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.[3]

Astle ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Annapolis in 2017, losing in the Democratic primary.[4][5] Astle also ran for mayor in 1981, losing by 243 votes in the general election.[3]

Election results[edit]

  • 1990 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 30[6]
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. ^ "Senator Astle Bio". Maryland General Assembly. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "John C. Astle, Maryland State Senator". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Chase (January 17, 2017). "Annapolis senator John Astle to run for mayor". The Capital. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Kurtz, Josh (September 19, 2017). "Sen. Astle Loses Mayoral Primary; Gutierrez Moves On, Hettleman Stays Put". Maryland Matters. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Cook, Chase (September 19, 2017). "Gavin Buckley wins Democratic primary over Astle, to face Pantelides". The Capital. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved November 7, 2007.