WASHINGTON — As Maryland’s treasurer, Nancy K. Kopp has steered the state through the recession from her position on a financial oversight board, ­wielding the knife for spending cuts with a greater authority than other state treasurers.

Kopp, 66, who has been ­Maryland’s treasurer since 2002 and is only the second woman to hold that post, last week received a National Association of State Treasurers’ award for distinguished service. She spoke with The Bond Buyer at NAST’s ­annual conference in ­Williamsburg, Va.

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