October 15, 2019

Anne Arundel Celebration Series Senator Al Lipin

A member of the Maryland State Senate from 1971-1978, the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967-1971, and the Anne Arundel County Zoning Appeals Board from 1856-1957, Al Lipin would prove himself a strong and capable leader for Northern Anne Arundel County throughout his tenure in public service.

Born in Pasadena on March 16, 1920, Lipin would attend Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the University of Baltimore before becoming both a businessman in Northern Anne Arundel County and subsequently answering the call to a career in public service. He’d begin that life of service not in politics but in the United States Army where his tenure would culminate in receiving a Silver Star for gallantry in World War II.

Lipin would start his tenure in political service upon appointment to the Anne Arundel County Zoning Appeals Board in 1956. He’d serve there in both 1956 and 1957 before election to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1966. His time in the House of Delegates would last from 1967-1971 before ascending the political ladder to the Maryland Senate in 1970 where he’d serve until 1978.

Lipin’s service to his community wasn’t limited to his public life. He would function for a number of years in local community organizations in Anne Arundel County including acting as President of the Glen Burnie Chamber of Commerce, the North Arundel Hospital Association, and the Glen Burnie Improvement Association. He was also an active member of the Glen Burnie Civitan Club, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Anne Arundel Trade Council.

His later years would see Senator Lipin continue advocacy for his community. He’d lead multiple land preservation and community clean-up efforts including a major undertaking to preserve the Sawmill Creek Park area in the early 1990s. That area would hold a special place in his heart as he had founded the Sawmill Creek Park Association while he served as a State Senator in 1977.

Lipin passed away in 2012 at the age of 92. He left behind a legacy of dedication to service that endures to this day and now also endures through the work of his daughter Nancy Lipin Crawford who serves as Chief of Staff to current District 32 Senator Pamela Beidle.

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