Chat With A Lawyer: Council Chair, Mel Franklin, Esq. on Economic Development Legislative Initiatives in Prince George’s County

Meet Mel Franklin, Esq.

Mel Franklin (D-District 9) was elected to his first four-year term on the Prince George’s County Council in the November 2, 2010 General Election. Council Member Franklin represents the 9th Councilmanic District of Prince George’s County that includes the constituent areas of Accokeek, Andrews Air Force Base, Aquasco, Baden, Brandywine, Camp Springs, Cheltenham, Clinton, Croom, Eagle Harbor, Fort Washington, Piscataway, and Upper Marlboro. Born in Cheraw, South Carolina (11/30/1975), Mel grew up in rural South Carolina, his parents life-long educators: his mother recently retiring after 40 years; his father – a former teacher himself – and still a school administrator today.

Mel earned his B.A. degree in political science from the University of South Carolina, in 1998.

In 2001, when Mel graduated from Duke University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree, he was also admitted to the Maryland Bar. Beginning in 2001, Mel served for over four years as a Federal Attorney with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) where he fought against the kind of illegal business practices that threaten to raise the prices of groceries, health care, prescription drugs, job services, and many other goods and services most American’s budget for carefully.

Following two years at the private law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, Mel returned to public service as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland, working with two state agencies (the MHCC & MCHRC) to improve the quality of health care and get resources to communities in need.

Franklin is married and currently resides in Marlton community of Upper Marlboro, Maryland with his wife, Monekia, and their two children. They attend Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland.


Contact Info:

Council Chair, Mel Franklin, Esq.
Chair, County Council (Democrat)
County Council
County Administration Building, 2nd floor
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 – 3070

Phone:     (301) 952-3700


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