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Maryland Comptroller
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $6,625,344
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Maryland Constitution, Article 6, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Peter Franchot.jpg
Name:  Peter Franchot
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 22, 2007
Compensation:  $125,000
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
Other Maryland Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralComptrollerTreasurerSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture SecretaryInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerSecretary of LaborPublic Service Commission
The Comptroller of the State of Maryland is the chief financial officer of the government of Maryland.

The State Comptroller is elected to a four-year term and is not subject to term limits.[1]

Current officeholder

The current state comptroller is Peter Franchot (D). He was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. His term expires in 2015.[2]


The office of the Comptroller is established by Article 6, Section 1 of the Maryland Constitution.

Article 6, Section 1:

There shall be a Treasury Department, consisting of a Comptroller chosen by the qualified electors of the State, who shall receive such salary as may be fixed by law; and a Treasurer, to be appointed...


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Maryland elects comptrollers in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Maryland, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all comptroller election years. Legally, the Comptroller is sworn into office on the third Monday of January following the election.[1]



See also: Maryland down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Maryland Comptroller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Franchot Incumbent 62.7% 1,061,267
     Republican William H. Campbell 37.2% 630,109
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 2,536
Total Votes 1,693,912
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections.


Vacancies in the office of Comptroller are addressed in Article 6, Section 1 of the Maryland Constitution.

Article 6, Section 1:

In case of a vacancy in the office of the Comptroller by death or otherwise, the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall fill such vacancy by appointment, to continue until another election and until the qualification of the successor.


Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Maryland Comptroller's office Organizational Chart as of February 5, 2013.

The comptroller's main duties are to collect all of the revenues from state programs, to provide information technology services for most of the state agencies, and to regulate the state’s alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel industries. The officer also serves as a member of many state boards and commissions, such as the board of revenue estimates, the board of public works, and the board of trustees of the State retirement and pension system.

Additional responsibilities of the office include registering wills, performing compliance audits for taxpayers, handling delinquent tax collection, and enforcing license and unclaimed property laws. The comptroller oversees agency efforts to publicize forgotten bank accounts, insurance benefits and other unclaimed assets of state taxpayers.[1]


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State budget

The Office of the Comptroller's budget for fiscal year 2014 was $6,625,344.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the comptroller earned a salary of $125,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2013, the comptroller's salary remained at $125,000.[5]


In 2012, the comptroller was paid an estimated $125,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the Maryland Comptroller was paid an estimated $125,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

Historical officeholders

There have been 33 Maryland Comptrollers since 1851. Of the 33 comptrollers, 24 were Democratic, 2 were Republican, 5 identified as members of multiple parties, and 2 do not have party information.[7]

List of Former Officeholders from 1851-Present
# Name Tenure Party
1 Philip Francis Thomas 1851-1853 Electiondot.png Democratic
2 Henry E. Bateman 1853-1854 Electiondot.png Democratic
3 William Pinkney Whyte 1854-1856 Electiondot.png Democratic
4 William Henry Purnell 1856-1861 Whig, Know-Nothing, Unionist and Democrat
5 Dennis Claude 1861 N/A
6 Abram Lingan Jarrett 1861-1862 Electiondot.png Democratic
7 Samuel Snowden Maffit 1862-1864 Democrat and Unionist
8 Henry Hollyday Goldsborough 1864 Whig, Democrat, Unionist and Republican
9 Robert John Jump 1864-1867 Unionist and Republican
10 William James Leonard 1867-1870 Whig, Republican and Democrat
11 Levin Woolford 1870-1878 Electiondot.png Democratic
12 Thomas James Keating 1878-1884 Electiondot.png Democratic
13 J. Frank Turner 1884-1888 Electiondot.png Democratic
14 L. Victor Baughman 1888-1892 Electiondot.png Democratic
15 Marion deKalb Smith 1892-1896 Electiondot.png Democratic
16 Robert Patterson Graham 1896-1898 Ends.png Republican
17 Phillips Lee Goldsborough 1898-1900 Ends.png Republican
18 Dr. Joshua W. Hering 1900-1904 Electiondot.png Democratic
19 Dr. Gordon T. Atkinson 1904-1907 Electiondot.png Democratic
20 Dr. Joshua W. Hering 1907-1910 Electiondot.png Democratic
21 William B. Clagett 1910-1911 Electiondot.png Democratic
22 Charles H. Stanley 1911-1912 Electiondot.png Democratic
23 Emerson Columbus Harrington 1912-1916 Electiondot.png Democratic
24 Hugh A. McMullen 1916-1920 Electiondot.png Democratic
25 E. Brooke Lee 1920-1922 Electiondot.png Democratic
26 William S. Gordy Jr. 1922-1939 Electiondot.png Democratic
27 J. Millard Tawes 1939-1947 Electiondot.png Democratic
28 James J. Lacy 1947-1950 Electiondot.png Democratic
29 J. Millard Tawes 1950-1959 Electiondot.png Democratic
30 Louis L. Goldstein 1959-1998 Electiondot.png Democratic
31 Robert L. Swann 1998-1999 N/A
32 William Donald Schaefer 1997-2007 Electiondot.png Democratic
33 Peter Franchot 2007-Present Electiondot.png Democratic

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Contact Information

Main Office
80 Calvert Street
P.O. Box 466
Annapolis, MD 21404-0466

Phone: 410-260-7801

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