Brooke Lierman

Daily Record Staff//February 28, 2023

Brooke Lierman

By Daily Record Staff

//February 28, 2023


Power 40 Government & LobbyingBrooke Lierman

Comptroller, State of Maryland

Brooke Lierman made history in January when she took office as the 34th state comptroller, becoming the first woman elected to the position. Lierman, a civil rights attorney, was previously a two-term Democratic state delegate for the 46th District.

As comptroller, Lierman supervises tax collections and says she plans to fill vacant positions as well as hire attorneys with tax expertise to perform company audits.

What is the most valuable habit you have developed?

To personally follow up with people who reached out. Whether it is a constituent service request, a question about policy or someone saying hello, following up shows that you are someone who follows through on your commitments. It’s how I want to be treated by my elected representatives and it is what people should expect of me.

What is the most difficult lesson you have learned?

The pace of progress can be frustratingly slow. It is important to implement policies the right way, but that process – checking and double-checking the impact, doing everything to decrease the chances of unintended consequences, working with stakeholders and learning about things you didn’t consider before — all takes time. Getting the policy right is more important than getting it done.

What is the biggest challenge facing government leaders in Maryland?

Our agencies have been depleted, with positions that were never filled or some were removed. We need to staff up, recruit new talent and find ways to encourage people to enter the public sector to ensure that our government functions as Marylanders expect and deserve.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power Government & Lobbyist list for 2023. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at>.

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