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John Astle
Maryland State Senate District 30
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 20
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1994
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maryland State House of Delegates
Bachelor'sMarshall University, 1966
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1966-1975
Date of birthMarch 31, 1943
Place of birthCharles Town, West Virginia
Office website
Personal website
John C. Astle is a Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Astle served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1983 to 1995.


Astle earned his B.A. in Sociology from Marshall University in 1966. He served in the United States Marine Corps both on active duty and in the reserves.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015
Finance, Vice-Chair
Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review
Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology
Legislative Policy


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

Note: Astle also served on the Subcommittee on Health.


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Astle served on these committees:



See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate 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 John Astle was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Don Quinn defeated Eric Knowles in the Republican primary. Astle defeated Quinn in the general election.[1][2]

Maryland State Senate District 30, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Astle Incumbent 51.3% 22,461
     Republican Don Quinn 48.7% 21,284
Total Votes 43,745

Maryland State Senate, District 30 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDon Quinn 50.3% 3,200
Eric Knowles 49.7% 3,158
Total Votes 6,358


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Astle ran for re-election to the 30th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Astle defeated Ron Elfenbein (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3]

Maryland State Senate, District 30 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Astle (D) 25,285 51.2%
Ron Elfenbein (R) 24,146 48.8%


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Astle ran for District 30 of the Maryland State Senate, beating Herb McMillan.[4]

Astle raised $200,947 for his campaign.[5]

Maryland Senate, District 30
Candidates Votes Percent
John Astle (D) 24,999 52.9%
Herb McMillan (R) 22,216 47.0%
Write-Ins 29 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Astle was up for re-election, he raised $178,130 in donations.[6]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Maryland Education Association $4,875
Maryland Realtors Association $4,500
Friends of Rob Garagiola $4,000
Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Distributors Association $4,000


In 2006, John Astle collected $200,947 in donations.[7]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Supporters of Thomas Mac Middleton $6,000
Friends of Paula Hollinger $5,000
Maryland Realtors Association $4,750
Mid-Atlantic Medical Services $4,250


Astle is married and has two children.[8]

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