Maryland Comptroller

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The Comptroller of the State of Maryland is the chief financial officer of the government of Maryland.

The comptroller's main duties include collecting all of the revenues from state programs, to provide information technology services for most of the state agencies, to regulate the state’s alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel industries and he is also a member of many state boards and commissions including, the board of revenue estimates, the board of public works, the board of trustees of the State retirement and pension system, and also is a register of wills. The comptroller also performs audits for taxpayers for compliance, they handle delinquent tax collection, and they enforce license and unclaimed property laws. The agency also publicizes forgotten bank accounts, insurance benefits and other unclaimed assets of taxpayers.

The State Controller is elected to a four-year term and is not subject to term limits.

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.


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...


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.


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.


In 2010, the Maryland Comptroller was paid an estimated $125,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[1]

Contact Information

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

Phone: 410-260-7801

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