Councilman Mel Franklin (D) was elected to his
first four-year term on the Prince George’s County Council in the 2010 general
election. Councilman Franklin represents the 9th district of Prince
George’s County, which includes the southern third of the county’s land mass
and most of the county’s rural tier.
Councilman Franklin has served as chair of the
Council Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee (PZED) for each of
the last two years (2012 and 2013) and served as Vice-Chair of the Public
Safety & Fiscal Management Committee in 2011 and 2013. He served as a
Maryland assistant attorney general and as a member of the board of trustees
for Prince George’s Community College from 2008-2010. He worked as an attorney
for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission from 2001-2005 and as a regulatory
attorney at the law firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (now Dentons)
from 2006-2008. In 2005 he founded the Greater Marlboro Democratic Club.
Councilman Franklin is married to
Monekia Franklin; they share two beautiful children, 6-year-old Jamel Jr.
and 2-year-old Alexis. Councilman Franklin is a member of Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a past board member of the Prince George’s County
chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), a member of the
Prince George’s County chapter of the NAACP, and a past executive board member
of the Young Democrats of Maryland. In 2013, he was named one of the County’s Forty
UNDER 40 by the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund. He was also awarded
the Young Democrat of the Year honor in 2006 by the Prince George’s County
Young Democrats. Councilman Franklin graduated from Duke University
School of Law in 2001. He was also admitted to the Maryland Bar that same year.
In 1998, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University
of South Carolina.