Peter Franchot

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Peter Franchot
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Maryland Comptroller
In office
January 22, 2007 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 8
PredecessorWilliam Donald Schaefer (D)
Base salary$125,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,813,261
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maryland House of Delegates
1986 - 2007
Bachelor'sAmherst College (1973)
J.D.Northeastern University School of Law (1978)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1968 – 1970
Date of birthNovember 25, 1947
Place of birthNew Haven, Connecticut
Office website
Peter Franchot (b. November 25, 1947) is the 33rd Maryland Comptroller. Franchot, a Democrat, has served since January 2007.[1]


An attorney by trade, Franchot served in the United States Army prior to attending college. After receiving his law degree, Franchot served as legislative counsel for the Union of Concerned Scientists from 1978 to 1980, going on to become staff director in the Office of U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey from 1980-1986. Franchot was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1986 and went on to represent Montgomery County for the next twenty years.[2]


  • JD, Northeastern University School of Law, 1978
  • BA, English, Amherst College, 1973

Political career

Maryland Comptroller (2007-Present)

Franchot was first elected as comptroller in 2006. He has served in this position since January 22, 2007.

Maryland House of Delegates (1986-2007)

Franchot represented Montgomery County in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1986 to 2007. During this time he served on the Appropriations Committee and was Chairman of the Transportation & the Environment Subcommittee.[1]



See also: Maryland down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Franchot ran for re-election as Maryland Comptroller in 2014. He was considering a run for Governor, but said polls showed him a much stronger candidate for re-election. He added, "At the end of the day, I enjoy being comptroller. It's a dream job."[3][4] He sought the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Franchot won re-election as Comptroller in the November 2, 2010 election.[5]

Maryland Comptroller, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Franchot Incumbent 61.1% 1,087,836
     Republican William Henry Campbell 38.8% 691,461
     Write-Ins Various 0.1% 1,799
Total Votes 1,781,096
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections


Franchot won election as Maryland Comptroller in 2006, defeating Anne M. McCarthy (R).

Maryland Comptroller, General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Franchot 59% 1,016,677
     Republican Anne M. McCarthy 40.8% 703,874
     Green Bob Auerbach (Write-In) 0% 228
     Other Write-Ins Various 0.2% 3,219
Total Votes 1,723,998
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Franchot is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Franchot raised a total of $3,813,261 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[6]

Peter Franchot's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Maryland Comptroller Not up for election $627,181
2010 Maryland Comptroller Won $846,547
2008 Maryland Comptroller Not up for election $307,247
2006 Maryland Comptroller Won $1,683,294
2004 Maryland State House District 20 Not up for election $112,074
2002 Maryland State House District 20 Won $169,351
1998 Maryland State House District 20 Won $67,567
Grand Total Raised $3,813,261

2006 and 2010

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Preceded by
William Donald Schaefer (D)
Maryland Comptroller
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