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John Cluster
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Maryland House of Delegates District 8
In office
2003-2007, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position (current service)4
Years in position (previous service)4
Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland House of Delegates
2013 - present
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCatonsville High School, 1972
Date of birthApril 9, 1954
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
Office website
John W.E. Cluster, Jr. (b. April 9, 1954) is a Republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Beginning in the 2013 session, Cluster serves as Deputy Minority Whip.


Cluster's professional experience includes working as a police officer with the Baltimore County Police Department from 1974 to 1984.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Cluster served on the following committees:

Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cluster served on these committees:



See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Incumbent Eric Bromwell, Bill Paulshock and Renee Smith defeated Harry "H.B." Bhandari, Debbie Schillinger, Steve Verch and Kyle Arndreas Williams in the Democratic primary, while incumbent John Cluster, Christian Miele and Norma Secoura were unopposed in the Republican primary. Bromwell, Cluster and Miele defeated Paulshock, Smith, and Secoura for three seats in the general election.[1][2]

Maryland House of Delegates District 8, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChristian Miele 19.4% 20,164
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cluster Incumbent 19.2% 19,938
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Bromwell Incumbent 16.7% 17,361
     Democratic Bill Paulshock 15.3% 15,899
     Republican Norma Secoura 15.1% 15,660
     Democratic Renee Smith 14.2% 14,704
Total Votes 103,726

Maryland House of Delegates, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEric Bromwell Incumbent 22.8% 5,601
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Paulshock 18.9% 4,632
Green check mark transparent.pngRenee Smith 18.4% 4,512
Harry "H.B." Bhandan 15.6% 3,828
Debbie Schillinger 12.7% 3,124
Steve Verch 7.1% 1,752
Kyle Arndreas Williams 4.5% 1,114
Total Votes 24,563


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Cluster ran in the September 14 primary, along with Joseph Boteler, III, Rani Merryman, and Norma Secoura. He finished second to advance to the general election.

Cluster came in second in the general election on November 2, 2010, successfully securing one of three available seats.[3]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 8 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph Boteler, III (R) 21,688
Green check mark transparent.png John Cluster (R) 19,462
Green check mark transparent.png Eric Bromwell (D) 19,379
Ruth Baisden (D) 18,640
Norma Secoura (R) 16,458
Cal Bowman (D) 16,101

Campaign donors


In 2010, Cluster raised $32,487 in contributions.[4]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Citizens For Better Government $4,800
Baltimore County Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge 4 $2,870
Michael Steele For Maryland Cmte $2,000
Friends Of Al Redmer Jr $2,000


Cluster and his wife, Carla Inners, have two children.

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