OCTOBER 17, 1988
In Annapolis, many of Franchot's colleagues don't see him, as one delegate put it, "with a burning desire to be an Annapolis insider."
In 2018, Peter Franchot received more votes than any candidate for state office in Maryland history. He won 22 of Maryland's 24 jurisdictions from traditional red counties to the bluest and most progressive of counties. That wasn't by accident.
Throughout his career in public service, Peter Franchot has championed the issues that matter to working families and small businesses. Because of the policies he has put in place, our state government is more efficient and responsive to the people it serves. He has been a leading voice for political reform that returns the levers of power to the citizens of Maryland.
After serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, Peter earned a law degree and began his lifelong career in public service. He worked as a grassroots organizer for activist Ralph Nader, then as legislative counsel to the Union of Concerned Scientists, and later as staff director to then-Congressman (now U.S. Senator) Ed Markey of Massachusetts for six years.
His time on Capitol Hill motivated him to make a difference in his own community. He served as president and treasurer of his community association and coached his son’s hockey team. In 1986, Peter threw his hat in the political arena, running for one of three delegate seats in the 20th Legislative District. He finished first in a 11-person Democratic Primary, a victory that began his storied public service career in Annapolis.
As one of Maryland’s most progressive legislators, Peter fought for policies that continue to impact the lives of Marylanders to this day. From expanding access to quality K-12 and higher education or standing up to the NRA by sponsoring strict gun control legislation, to ensuring that all Maryland families receive quality healthcare, Peter’s legislative leadership improved the lives of citizens in communities across the state.
As chairman of the House Transportation Subcommittee, Peter directed record state investments to transportation projects across our state. He was among the earliest and staunchest supporters of the Purple Line rail transit project and was vital to the early progress of the critical public transit project.
In one of the biggest upsets in Maryland political history, then-Delegate Peter Franchot defeated the incumbent comptroller and former two-term governor and popular Baltimore City Mayor William Donald Schaefer in the 2006 Democratic primary for comptroller.
As comptroller, Peter has been a champion for citizens and communities whose voices have been ignored in Annapolis. He’s successfully fought to ensure that all Maryland students - regardless of social and economic backgrounds - have access to safe and healthy schools. He’s an unapologetic champion for Maryland’s craft beer industry and his efforts paid off in 2019, when the Maryland General Assembly passed historic reforms to the state’s unfair and antiquated beer laws. He has stood with environmentalists and residents in fighting against sprawl development that has been harmful to the Chesapeake Bay and our natural resources. He has relentlessly been an advocate for Maryland taxpayers.
Guided by Peter’s three pillars of customer service - respect, responsiveness, and results - the Maryland Comptroller’s Office has become our nation’s most effective and efficient comptroller’s office. Marylanders’ hard-earned tax refunds are disbursed within 2.2 business days (the fastest of any tax agency in the nation), call wait times have been dramatically reduced to minutes, and Peter is a national leader in the fight against tax fraud and identity theft.
As one of three members of the powerful Maryland Board of Public Works, Peter has helped reform our state’s antiquated procurement system to promote accountability and competition, thereby ensuring that Maryland taxpayers are receiving the best services at the best possible prices.
Despite being the most popularly-elected Democrat in the state, Peter has taken on his party’s political machine that has held a firm grip on Annapolis for many decades. By advocating for greater transparency and inclusiveness, Peter has sought to empower rank-in-file Democratic elected officials and voters and to end the backroom political deals that have rightly caused distrust between voters and their government. As was true when he was first elected to office in 1986, Peter works #ForThePeople, and not the political bosses of Annapolis.
Peter is married to Anne Maher, an attorney, and they have two children and three grandchildren. They have lived in Takoma Park for 40 years.