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Peter Franchot


franchot-peter-mf29In 2006, Peter Franchot defeated incumbent comptroller and former two-term governor William Donald Schaefer, a man who had dominated Democratic Party politics in Maryland. Some consider it one of the biggest upsets in Maryland political history.

In 2018, in his most recent re-election contest, Franchot received 1.6 million votes, more than any candidate for state office in Maryland history.

As comptroller, Franchot has fought for citizens and communities whom he says often are ignored in Annapolis. He is one of three members of the Maryland Board of Public Works and had come under fire from other Democrats for often siding with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Efforts have been made to strip some power from his office, but Franchot continues to advocate a pro-business message, siding with Hogan on the governor’s declaration to start schools after Labor Day.

Before he was elected comptroller, Franchot served 20 years in the House of Delegates representing Montgomery County. He’s long advocated for education, health care, transportation and environmental protection issues.

Franchot has launched a campaign to win the Democratic nomination for governor in the 2022 election.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

In order to win, you must be willing to lose.

What’s been your biggest success?

My biggest success, without a doubt, is my 40-plus year marriage to my wife, Anne Maher, and our two children, Abbe and Nick, and our three grandchildren.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.