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[photo, Peter V. R. Franchot, Comptroller of Maryland] PETER V. R. FRANCHOT, Comptroller (Democrat)

Comptroller of Maryland since January 22, 2007.

Member, Board of Public Works, 2007-; Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2007-; Banking Board, 2007-; Board of State Canvassers, 2007-; Capital Debt Affordability Committee, 2007-; College Savings Plans of Maryland Board, 2007-; Commission on State Debt, 2007-; Maryland Food Center Authority, 2007-; Hall of Records Commission, 2007-; Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority, 2007-; Task Force on Renewable Alternative Fuels, 2007-; Board of Revenue Estimates, 2007-; Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Retiree Health-Care Funding Options, 2007-. Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, State Retirement and Pension System, 2007- (investment committee, 2007-). Member, Maryland State Employees Surety Bond Committee, 2007-; Commission to Study the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland, 2008-.

Member, Eastern Shore Task Force on Foster Care, 2007-08.

Member of House of Delegates, January 14, 1987 to January 22, 2007. Member, Appropriations Committee, 1987-2007 (law enforcement & transportation subcommittee, 1991; education & transportation subcommittee, 1992-94; oversight committee on program open space and agricultural land preservation, 1993-2007; capital budget subcommittee, 1995-2007; chair, public safety & administration subcommittee, 1997-99; chair, transportation & the environment subcommittee, 1999-2007; member, oversight committee on pensions, 2003-05; oversight committee on personnel, 2006-07). Member, Special Joint Committee on MED-EVAC Program, 1987-88. House Chair, Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1995-96. Chair, Special Committee on County Finances, Montgomery County Delegation, 1995-98. Member, Transportation Committee, Montgomery County Delegation, 1999-2007. Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-07; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2006-07. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (transportation committee, 2004-05).

Staff director for U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey, 1980-86. Special counsel to chair of Subcommittee on Energy Conservation and Power, U.S. Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce, 1985-86. Member, Sound Barrier Review Panel, 1995-96; Committee on Building Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System, 1999; State Information Technology Board, 1999-2004 (co-chair, e-commerce committee, 1999); Transit Policy Panel, 2000; Virginia-Maryland-District of Columbia Joint Legislative Commission on Interstate Transportation, 2000-03.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, November 25, 1947. Attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. Served in U.S. Army, 1968-70. Amherst College, B.A. (english), 1973; Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 1978. Attorney; self-employed business development consultant. Member, District of Columbia Bar, 1989-. Legislative counsel, Union of Concerned Scientists, 1978-80. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2008. Former president and treasurer, Longbranch Sligo Citizens Association. Coach, Takoma Park Youth Soccer League. Coach, Montgomery County Youth Hockey League. William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award, Association of Government Accountants, 2008. Married; two children.


Peter Franchot was elected Maryland's 33rd Comptroller on November 7, 2006. Prior to his election to statewide office, Comptroller Franchot served 20 years in the General Assembly, in the House of Delegates, representing the residents of Silver Spring and Takoma Park. During his time in the House of Delegates, Mr. Franchot was a member of the Appropriations Committee and chaired the transportation and the environment subcommittee. Through his career, he has been a strong advocate for education, health care, transportation and environmental protection initiatives.

In his role as Comptroller, Mr. Franchot has pledged to be a fiscal watchdog for the taxpayers of Maryland and an independent voice on the powerful, three-member Board of Public Works, which approves millions of dollars in State contracts each year. Comptroller Franchot is committed to helping keep Maryland competitive in the knowledge-based economy, assisting working families and protecting the State's natural resources.

Comptroller Franchot attended Amherst College (B.A., 1973) and Northeastern School of Law (J.D., 1978). From 1968 to 1970, he served in the United States Army. He is married to Anne Maher, a lawyer, and they have two children, Abigail, 25, and Nick, 22. They live in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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