|Office website:||Official Link|
|2014 FY Budget:||$6,625,344|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Maryland Constitution, Article 6, Section 1|
|Assumed office:||January 22, 2007|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
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The State Comptroller is elected to a four-year term and is not subject to term limits.
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.
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.|
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.
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The Office of the Comptroller's budget for fiscal year 2014 was $6,625,344.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
In 2013, the comptroller's salary remained at $125,000.
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.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1851-Present|
|1||Philip Francis Thomas||1851-1853||Democratic|
|2||Henry E. Bateman||1853-1854||Democratic|
|3||William Pinkney Whyte||1854-1856||Democratic|
|4||William Henry Purnell||1856-1861||Whig, Know-Nothing, Unionist and Democrat|
|6||Abram Lingan Jarrett||1861-1862||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|
|12||Thomas James Keating||1878-1884||Democratic|
|13||J. Frank Turner||1884-1888||Democratic|
|14||L. Victor Baughman||1888-1892||Democratic|
|15||Marion deKalb Smith||1892-1896||Democratic|
|16||Robert Patterson Graham||1896-1898||Republican|
|17||Phillips Lee Goldsborough||1898-1900||Republican|
|18||Dr. Joshua W. Hering||1900-1904||Democratic|
|19||Dr. Gordon T. Atkinson||1904-1907||Democratic|
|20||Dr. Joshua W. Hering||1907-1910||Democratic|
|21||William B. Clagett||1910-1911||Democratic|
|22||Charles H. Stanley||1911-1912||Democratic|
|23||Emerson Columbus Harrington||1912-1916||Democratic|
|24||Hugh A. McMullen||1916-1920||Democratic|
|25||E. Brooke Lee||1920-1922||Democratic|
|26||William S. Gordy Jr.||1922-1939||Democratic|
|27||J. Millard Tawes||1939-1947||Democratic|
|28||James J. Lacy||1947-1950||Democratic|
|29||J. Millard Tawes||1950-1959||Democratic|
|30||Louis L. Goldstein||1959-1998||Democratic|
|31||Robert L. Swann||1998-1999||N/A|
|32||William Donald Schaefer||1997-2007||Democratic|
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80 Calvert Street
P.O. Box 466
Annapolis, MD 21404-0466
- Peter Franchot
- Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley
- Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
- Maryland Attorney General
- Maryland Secretary of State
- Maryland state executive offices
- Maryland Comptroller "About" Accessed February 4, 2013
- Maryland Comptroller "Franchot" Accessed February 4, 2013
- 2013 Laws of Maryland, "Chapter 423, Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2014)," 29, accessed June 27, 2013
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 24, 2014
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed June 21, 2011
- Maryland Comptroller "Comptroller Biographies," accessed May 23, 2013