John Cluster

John has retired his seat in the Maryland House of Delegates and has accepted an appointment by Governor Hogan. His son, Joe Cluster has been appointed to take his place in the House of Delegates. He can be contacted at Phone 410-841-3526. Joe's website is

John grew up in Arbutus Maryland where he attended Catonsville High School. After graduating, John joined the Baltimore County Police Department as a Cadet, After Completion of the Academy he became a police officer protecting the citizens of Baltimore County. In 1975 John married his high School sweetheart Carla Inners of Perry Hall. After a short stint in Harford County John moved his family to Parkville in 1986 where he and his wife resided until 2012. John and Carla are now living in Perry Hall. They have two children and two grandchildren who live in the Parkville/Perry Hall area.

John was appointed to the Maryland House of Delegates to fill the vacated seat of Delegate Al Redmer in 2003. In 2006 John lost the election by less then 300 votes in one of the closest elections in the state. After such a close loss John continued to be active in the community and in 2010 John was elected back to the House of Delegates.


John joined the Baltimore County Police Department as a Cadet. While working for the Baltimore County Police Department he was promoted as follows:

  • Cadet 1974 – Headquarters
  • Patrolman 1975 to 1979 – Precinct 3 Garrison and Precinct 9 Fullerton
  • Corporal 1980 – Precinct 3 Garrison, Precinct 9 Fullerton and Precinct 8 Parkville: Headed Selective Enforcement Unit
  • Sergeant 1983 – Precinct 12 Dundalk,
  • Sergeant 1984 Tactical Squad (S.W.A.T.)
  • After retiring from the Police Dept. John then worked in private industry along with working in a family business. In 2003 John was appointed to the Department of Juvenile Services by Governor Ehrlich, where he served as Director of Facilities.


  • Attended Baltimore City Public School, Kindergarten to Seventh Grade

  • Attended Baltimore County Public School graduating from Catonsville High School in 1972
  • Attended Essex Community College
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Fraternity


  • Appointed to the House of Delegates 2003
  • House Environmental Committee
  • Subcommittee - Motor Vehicle and Transportation
  • Subcommittee on Local Government
  • Subcommittee on Ethics and Natural Resources
  • Elected to the House of Delegates 2010
  • House Judiciary Committee
  • Deputy Minority Whip
  • Family Law subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee
  • Special Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities


John is a active member of the communities he represents:

  • Active member of Hiss United Methodist Church
  • 2000 to 2003 President of the Parkville Carney Business and Professional Association.
  • 14 years coaching, coordinated fund raising for the Loch Raven and Parkville Recreational Councils.
  • Parkville High After Prom Party, an original member, he and Carla applied for grants to help fund the after prom parties and was coordinator for seven years. He also started the after school dances for Parkville High School which continues today.
  • Jephthah 222 A.F. & A.M.
  • Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 since 1975, Served on Board of Directors in late 70's and early 80's
  • Baltimore County Retired Police Association
  • Precinct 8 Police Community Relations, Baltimore County Police Department
  • S.A.L.


  • Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police
  • Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4
  • Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #34
  • Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 1311





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