TERM: 12/3/2018 - 12/5/2022 TIME ON COUNCIL: 12/6/2010 - 12/2/2018, Council District 9 12/3/2018 - Present, At-Large
PARTY AFFILIATION: Democrat
Prince George’s County Council Member Mel Franklin was elected by the voters of the entire County to one of the two new voter-approved At-Large seats on the County Council in the November 2018 General Election. He will serve a four-year term and represent the interests of the entire County. Council Member Franklin is a former two-time Chair of the County Council and has represented Council District 9 since December 2010. Council Member Franklin, in his two terms on the Council, has authored over one hundred pieces of legislation adopted or enacted into law that focus on creating economic opportunity and increased investment in the people of Prince George's County, including the landmark Jobs First and Jobs and Opportunity Acts, which established, for the first time, requirements for contracting opportunities for small and minority businesses based in Prince George's County, local hiring requirements in county contracting, and a mandate that half of County funds be deposited in small, minority or local banks. Prior to serving on the County Council, Mel Franklin served as an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Maryland, member of the Board of Trustees of the Prince George's Community College, a federal antitrust attorney with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and as a private sector regulatory lawyer with a major international law firm. Council Member Franklin is a husband and father of two and lives in Upper Marlboro.