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Peter Franchot

State of Maryland

Peter Franchot was elected Maryland comptroller in 2006 and subsequently reelected three times. As comptroller, Franchot says he has fought for citizens and communities often ignored in Annapolis.

From 1987 to 2007, Franchot served in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing the 20th legislative district, which includes Takoma Park and Silver Spring.

Franchot, along with Gov. Larry Hogan and Treasurer Dereck E. Davis, make up the Board of Public Works, a constitutionally appointed body charged with reviewing and approving most state contracts.

On Jan. 22, Franchot announced his candidacy for governor of Maryland in the 2022 primary election.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?

I’ve spent my adult life – in some way, shape, or form – in public service. I’m proud of my service in the United States Army, serving as a grassroots organizer in the environmental movement and prior to elected office, serving as chief of staff to former U.S. Representative, now Sen. Ed Markey, for seven years. But I am most proud of earning the trust and support of Marylanders for the past 35 years. I’ve been fortunate to serve our state both as a state delegate from Montgomery County for 20 years and now entering my 16th year as Comptroller of Maryland.

What’s the most important life lesson you learned?

Humble pie tastes good and is good for the soul. No one’s perfect. It’s OK to be wrong, and it’s even more important to learn from mistakes. Acknowledge and express gratitude whenever and wherever possible.