About Comptroller Peter Franchot
Peter Franchot is an effective and principled public servant who stands up for Marylanders. As Comptroller, Peter has respected the sacrifices of our state’s working families by making it easier for them to file their taxes and by diligently collecting from tax cheats. He has aggressively protected vulnerable consumers from fraudulent and predatory businesses and has served as an independent fiscal watchdog on the Board of Public Works, demanding that taxpayers receive the best deal possible for their hard-earned money.
A leading voice for fiscal responsibility for the sake of social responsibility, Peter has fought to keep Maryland competitive in the knowledge-based economy, to create a climate of economic opportunity and to protect Maryland’s precious natural resources. As the State's chief financial officer, a record high of 84% of taxpayers are now filing their taxes electronically, which saves millions in processing costs and allows most Marylanders to get their refunds within three business days. Under his leadership, the agency has received national acclaim as the most efficient and effective Comptroller’s Office in the country.
Peter attended Amherst College (B.A., 1973) and Northeastern School of Law (J.D., 1978). Prior to serving as Comptroller, Peter was elected to five terms in the House of Delegates, where he served on the Appropriations Committee and chaired the Transportation and the Environment Subcommittee. He served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970. Peter and his wife Anne Maher live in Takoma Park, where they raised their two children, Abigail and Nick.
Issue 42 — June 3, 2014 The summer is upon us and Maryland's Fiscal Watchdog is hot on the trail, fighting for fiscal responsibility for the sake of social responsibility.... Read More
Issue 41 — May 14, 2014 As the summer quickly approaches, Maryland’s Fiscal Watchdog continues to travel across the State to hear from Maryland families and small businesses and to... Read More
Issue 40 — April 28, 2014 Now that the Tax Deadline has passed and the Legislative Session has ended, we wanted to update you on what Maryland’s Fiscal Watchdog and... Read More