Neil A. Abercrombie

O'Malley chosen to lead Democratic governors

O'Malley chosen to lead Democratic governors

Martin O'Malley was selected by his peers Wednesday to chair the Democratic Governors Association, a platform from which he says he will build the party and promote candidates who will invest in education and infrastructure.

"Our agenda is one of creating jobs," O'Malley said. "That is what our agenda is. It is about the agenda of each of our states."

He also said the group would not "run away" from progressive values.

O'Malley, who begins his second and final term as governor in January, deflected questions about whether the new role indicates ambitions beyond Maryland. He noted that he was the vice chairman of the organization for the past...