Sun In-Depth: Martin O'Malley


Martin O'Malley is currently the governor of Maryland and the former mayor of Baltimore. A frequent guest on national Sunday morning political shows, he is known for his positions on homeland security and recent legislative moves on same-sex marriage and immigration. He's considered by some to be a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

BORN: Jan. 18, 1963, in Washington.

EDUCATION: Catholic University of America, B.A. in political science, 1985; University of Maryland law school, 1988.

PROFESSIONAL: Baltimore assistant state's attorney, 1988-1990; private attorney and City Council member, 1991-1999; Baltimore mayor, Dec. 1999-2006; Maryland governor, Jan. 2007-present.

PERSONAL: Wife, Catherine Curran O'Malley; daughters Grace and Tara; sons, William and Jack.


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As Governor Steers Maryland to the Left, Talk Turns to 2016 [The New York Times]

With victory after victory in the state legislature, supporters and opponents alike say Gov. Martin O'Malley is looking to a presidential race.

As DGA run ends, O'Malley likely to stay on national stage

President Barack Obama no longer needs Gov. Martin O'Malley as a top campaign surrogate, and the Democratic Governors Association is set to elect someone else as its chairman. But neither development is likely to push Maryland's governor off the national stage.

O'Malley sharply critical of GOP at convention

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley offered pointed criticism of Republicans in an address to the Democratic convention on Tuesday, arguing that President Barack Obama is best suited to right the U.S. economy while GOP nominee Mitt Romney's policies would only move the nation backward.

Outspoken first lady fights for those 'on the outside'

Now in her sixth year as Maryland's first lady, Katie O'Malley credits her upbringing -- watching her father grapple with some of the most difficult issues in the 1960s and 1970s -- for her dedication to another cause stirring outrage from many, including the family's Catholic church: legalizing same-sex marriage.

O'Malley looks to put his record to the test

O'Malley, a Democrat, finished the fourth and final regular General Assembly session of his term, meaning his record as governor is nearly complete. For the next few months, he'll be on a sales mission, trying to convince Marylanders that decisions he made during the worst economic downturn in generations put the state on solid footing.

Martin O'Malley forged his leadership style through trial, error of political office

The 43-year-old Democratic candidate for governor has worked diligently to bury the ambitious and flashy persona. And he has in large part outgrown the brazen, loose-lipped style of a young mayor -- elected at age 36 in 1999 -- who was prone to fiery public tirades.

Hart's 1984 campaign left mark on O'Malley

He went west to the heartland in 1983 with a guitar and a penny whistle, a political troubadour who was 20 but looked more like 15. And when he arrived, they gave him a phone, a map and a list of names, and said, "Go win part of Iowa for our presidential campaign."


O'Malley should sign marijuana decriminalization bill [Letter]

According to The Sun, Maryland legislators will pass a bill that would decriminalize possession of 10 grams or less of pot ("Assembly set to pass wage, marijuana bills," April 7). This is a breakthrough bill, especially promoted by the Black Caucus, that should be signed into law by Gov. Martin O'...

Have voters noticed the latest O'Malley/Brown $125 million debacle? [Letter]

On behalf of the taxpayers I just wanted to thank Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for wasting $125 million tax dollars on another failed government program, in this case, Maryland's health exchange website ("Signup period bumps to end," April 1).

Legislature should stop O'Malley's pension grab [Letter]

A person works hard for many years to achieve a pension for retirement. It's scary to hear that Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to divert $100 million from the state pension fund for next year's budget and to make this a permanent happening. Thankfully, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter...

O'Malley/Brown antics merit Christie-size attention [Letter]

Amazing how the Gov. Chris Christie debacle carries major news headlines in the red press in this country but the Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown mess and Gov. Martin O'Malley's antics draw very little notice in comparison ("Christie vs. O'Malley on taking responsibility," Jan. 10). Perhaps The Sun can...

Teachers unions sell out on O'Malley pension grab [Letter]

I was not surprised to see Gov. Martin O'Malley fail to honor the state obligation to provide annual funding to the State Pension Plan to restore it to fiscal stability ("Franchot, Kopp fight transfer of pension money," Feb. 26). It is pretty consistent behavior.

O'Malley has failed Chesapeake Bay [Letter]

In his recent State of the State address, Gov. Martin O'Malley touted his accomplishments in Chesapeake Bay restoration. On closer examination, the record reveals that his claims were misstatements, at best. The truth is that Maryland's portion of the bay remains severely degraded. Oyster, shad, and...

O'Malley: Md.'s commitment to open space remains strong [Letter]

In a recent Sun article calling on me, and Maryland's legislature to reaffirm our longstanding commitment to parks, playgrounds, trails and fields ("Marylanders need to speak up for open space," April 1), Dan Rodricks does a good job of spotlighting an important issue: funding open space...

O'Malley robs state pensions [Letter]

Gov. Martin O'Malley is now trying to take my money. That's right, my money. I worked 40 years putting money into the state's retirement system, and now because Governor O'Malley can't manage Maryland's budget, he is going to take what I've worked for over 40 years ("Franchot, Kopp fight transfer of...

O'Malley triumphs — at raising taxes [Letter]

I got a big kick out of reading the fawning testimonial for Gov. Martin O'Malley written by Sen. Jim Rosapepe ("O'Malley's record is strong," Jan. 23). It was almost like our dear governor wrote it himself because it was so much like the State of the State speech Governor O'Malley delivered in...