Peter Franchot

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Peter Franchot
Peter Franchot.jpg
34th Comptroller of Maryland
Assumed office
January 22, 2007
Governor Martin O'Malley
Larry Hogan
Preceded by William Schaefer
Personal details
Born (1947-11-25) November 25, 1947 (age 68)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anne Maher
Children Abigail
Nicholas
Alma mater Amherst College
Northeastern University
Website Official website

Peter V. R. Franchot (born November 25, 1947) is an American politician who is the 33rd and current Comptroller of Maryland.

Education and family[edit]

Franchot, born in New Haven, Connecticut, attended Phillips Academy of Andover, Massachusetts, obtained a B.A. in English from Amherst College in 1973 and graduated from Northeastern University School of Law with a J.D. in 1978. Franchot now resides in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife Anne Maher and his two children, Abigail and Nicholas. He has served his community as treasurer of the Longbranch Sligo Citizens Association, and as a coach for the Takoma Park Youth Soccer League and the Montgomery County Youth Hockey League.

Career[edit]

Franchot in 2008

Peter Franchot served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970. Franchot has experience as an attorney and a self-employed business development consultant. From 1980 to 1986, Franchot served as staff director to Congressman Edward J. Markey. Prior to his election to statewide office, Comptroller Franchot served 20 years (1987-2007) in the General Assembly, representing the people of Montgomery County, Maryland in the Maryland House of Delegates.

During his time in the Maryland House of Delegates, Franchot was a member of the Appropriations Committee and served on multiple subcommittees.

  • Law enforcement & transportation subcommittee
  • Education and transportation subcommittee
  • Oversight committee on program open space and agricultural land preservation
  • Capital budget subcommittee
  • Chair, Public safety & administration subcommittee
  • Oversight committee on pensions
  • Oversight committee on personnel

During Franchot’s service, prior to his appointment as the Comptroller of Maryland he served on several other committees as well.

  • Special joint committee on MED-EVAC Program
  • House Chair, Joint Committee on Federal Relations
  • Chair, Special Committee on County Finances, Montgomery County Delegation
  • Transportation Committee, Montgomery County Delegation
  • Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
  • Maryland Veterans Caucus
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (transportation committee)
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Energy Conservation and Power United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce (1985–1986)
  • Sound Barrier Review Panel (1995–1996)
  • State Information Technology Board (1999–2004)
  • Committee on Building Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System (1999)
  • Virginia-Maryland-District of Columbia Joint Legislative Commission on Interstate Transportation (2000–2003)
  • Legislative counsel, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2008

Legislative notes[edit]

  • voted against slots in 2005 (HB1361)[1]
  • voted for income tax reduction in 1998 (SB750)[2]

Comptroller of Maryland[edit]

A candidate for Comptroller of Maryland, Franchot defeated incumbent William Donald Schaefer and fellow challenger Janet S. Owens in a close Democratic primary election[1] on September 12, 2006. He defeated the Republican nominee Anne McCarthy in the General Election on November 7, 2006. Franchot was sworn on January 22, 2007.[2]

Slots campaign[edit]

Franchot campaigned against bringing slot machine gambling to Maryland. As a member of the House of Delegates, he led a successful coalition of lawmakers to oppose the Constitutional amendment to legalize slots. The coalition succeeded in placing before the voters a Constitutional amendment to legalize slots. In 2008, Franchot, along with hundreds of grassroots leaders from around the state, launched Marylanders United to Stop Slots to encourage a 'no' vote on the referendum. Franchot argued that the high social costs of increased crime, broken families and bankruptcies would outweigh any revenue gains. [3] Franchot endorsed Obama in early January 2008 [4] and actively campaigned for him across the state.

“Any education funding that goes into the Education Trust Fund is subject to being raided by the legislature," Franchot said. "That is what's happened historically; that inevitably is what will happen again."[3]

The gambling referendum passed by a narrow margin, 52 percent to 48 percent.

Awards[edit]

  • Distinguished Partnership Award, Baltimore-Washington, DC, Chapter, National Association of Securities Professionals, 2007.
  • William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award, Association of Government Accountants, 2008.
  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
  • BMORE News- Minority Business Advocacy Award, 2007

[5]

Electoral history[edit]

Maryland House of Delegates 20th District Democratic Primary Election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Franchot 6,912 17
Democratic Sheila Ellis Hixson (inc.) 5,921 14
Democratic Dana Lee Dembrow 5,341 13
Democratic Robert Berger 5,068 12
Democratic Louis D'Ovidio 4,956 12
Democratic DeVance Walker, Jr. 3,904 10
Democratic Mary Dunphy 2,449 6
Democratic Fredrica Hodges 2,179 5
Democratic Jeffrey King 2,051 5
Democratic John Mennell 1,403 3
Democratic Evan DuQuette 706 2
Maryland House of Delegates 20th District Election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Franchot 17,596 24
Democratic Dana Lee Dembrow 17,457 24
Democratic Sheila Ellis Hixson (inc.) 17,255 23
Republican Stuart Eisen 7,483 10
Republican James Gordon Bennett 7,431 10
Republican Ronald Richard 6,572 2
Maryland House of Delegates 20th District Democratic Primary Election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Franchot (inc.) 8,202 22
Democratic Dana Lee Dembrow (inc.) 7,959 21
Democratic Sheila Ellis Hixson (inc.) 7,553 20
Democratic Robert Berger 7,221 19
Democratic Diane Kirchenbauer 6,879 18
Maryland House of Delegates 20th District Election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dana Lee Dembrow (inc.) 18,303 34
Democratic Sheila Ellis Hixson (inc.) 17,958 33
Democratic Peter Franchot (inc.) 17,871 33
Maryland House of Delegates 20th District Democratic Primary Election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dana Lee Dembrow (inc.) 8,276 27
Democratic Sheila Ellis Hixson (inc.) 7,312 24
Democratic Peter Franchot (inc.) 7,307 24
Democratic Steven Silverman 4,979 16
Democratic Michael Graham 3,082 10
Maryland House of Delegates 20th District Election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dana Lee Dembrow (inc.) 19,679 30
Democratic Sheila Ellis Hixson (inc.) 19,423 29
Democratic Peter Franchot (inc.) 18,854 28
Republican James Harrison 8,248 12
Maryland House of Delegates 20th District Democratic Primary Election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dana Lee Dembrow (inc.) 7,758 30
Democratic Sheila Ellis Hixson (inc.) 7,558 29
Democratic Peter Franchot (inc.) 6,487 25
Democratic Diane Nixon 3,117 12
Democratic Robert Bates 1,276 5
Maryland House of Delegates 20th District Election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dana Lee Dembrow (inc.) 22,396 27
Democratic Sheila Ellis Hixson (inc.) 21,895 27
Democratic Peter Franchot (inc.) 21,208 26
Republican John Leahy 6,020 7
Republican James Harrison, Jr. 5,602 7
Republican Franklin Hackenberg 5,163 6
Maryland House of Delegates 20th District Democratic Primary Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sheila Ellis Hixson (inc.) 9,720 28.3
Democratic Peter Franchot (inc.) 8,278 24.1
Democratic Gareth Murray 4,125 12.0
Democratic Dana Lee Dembrow (inc.) 3,601 10.5
Democratic Diane Nixon 3,556 10.3
Democratic Luis Alvarez 2,444 7.1
Democratic Richard Rosenthal 1,674 4.9
Democratic Robert Bates 968 2.8
Maryland House of Delegates 20th District Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sheila Ellis Hixson (inc.) 19,841 26.72
Democratic Peter Franchot (inc.) 18,273 24.61
Democratic Gareth Murray 15,803 21.28
Green Linda Schade 10,101 13.60
Republican Jae Donald Collins 5,294 7.13
Republican Kenneth Klein 4,855 6.54
Write-ins Write-ins 96 0.13
Maryland Comptroller Democratic Primary Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Franchot 215,192 36.5
Democratic Janet Owens 200,292 34.0
Democratic William Donald Schaefer 174,071 29.5
Maryland Comptroller Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Franchot 1,016,677 59.0
Republican Anne McCarthy 703,874 40.8
Write-ins Write-ins 3,219 0.2
Green/Write-in Bob Auerbach 228 0.0
Maryland Comptroller Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Franchot (inc.) 1,087,836 61.1
Republican William Henry Campbell 691,461 38.8
Write-ins Write-ins 1,799 0.1
Maryland Comptroller Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Franchot (inc.) 1,061,267 62.7
Republican William Henry Campbell 630,109 37.2
Write-ins Write-ins 1,941 0.1
Other/Write-in Anjali Reed Phukan 595 0.0

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ 2006 comptroller primary results, Maryland State Board of Elections.
  2. ^ Ovetta Wiggins, "Franchot Takes Office, Claims Expanded Role", The Washington Post, January 23, 2007, page B02.
  3. ^ Matt Connolly, "Casino Companies Prepare for Expansion in Maryland", "The Washington Examiner, November 7, 2012.
General

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
William Schaefer
Comptroller of Maryland
2007–present
Incumbent