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Martin O'Malley

Martin O'Malley is the 61st governor of Maryland, having previously served as mayor of Baltimore City from 1999 to 2007. O'Malley defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in the Nov. 7, 2006, election by a 6.5 percent margin. He was the only candidate to defeat a sitting governor in 2006. In 2010, O'Malley and Ehrlich again contested the gubernatorial position, with O'Malley again winning. O'Malley's involvement in politics began at age 20, when he became a volunteer for Gary Hart's presidential campaign. While in law school, O'Malley further honed his skills as state field director for Barbara A. Mikulski's successful U.S. Senate race and later served as a legislative fellow... Show more »
Martin O'Malley is the 61st governor of Maryland, having previously served as mayor of Baltimore City from 1999 to 2007. O'Malley defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in the Nov. 7, 2006, election by a 6.5 percent margin. He was the only candidate to defeat a sitting governor in 2006. In 2010, O'Malley and Ehrlich again contested the gubernatorial position, with O'Malley again winning. O'Malley's involvement in politics began at age 20, when he became a volunteer for Gary Hart's presidential campaign. While in law school, O'Malley further honed his skills as state field director for Barbara A. Mikulski's successful U.S. Senate race and later served as a legislative fellow in her office. O'Malley was elected to a seat on the City Council in 1991 and served until 1999, representing Baltimore's 3rd District. As mayor, O'Malley's statistics-based accountability tool CitiStat won Harvard University's prestigious Innovations in American Government award in 2004. O'Malley is a 1985 graduate of The Catholic University. He earned his J.D. in 1988 from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore and passed the bar the same year. O'Malley is married to state District Judge Catherine 'Katie' Curran O'Malley, the daughter of J. Joseph Curran Jr., who served as Maryland attorney general from 1987 to 2007. Martin and Katie O'Malley live in the governor's mansion in Annapolis with their children, Grace, Tara, William and Jack. Aside from politics, O'Malley showcases his musical talents and heritage with his on-again, off-again Irish rock band O'Malley's March.
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  • Election digest: Missouri message

     
    * Missourians overwhelmingly voted Tuesday in support of an initiative challenging to the mandate provision of the federal health care law. Noam Levey reports on the vote and its potential impact. * In the Michigan gubernatorial primary, former Gateway CEO...
  • Heat death toll rises to 8

     
    The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced two more heat-related deaths on Wednesday, as the total number of fatalities for the summer rises to 8. From the health department: "The latest reported hyperthermia-related fatalities are...

    Last chance Valentines

     
    Lollygagging lovers have until tonight to mark Valentine's Day, thanks to the one week extension Gov. Martin O'Malley granted because Marylanders were all too snowed in, snug at home, fire in the fireplace, for any romance. Well, any romance that...

    The Governor wants your recipe

     
    You have until June 1 to submit an original recipes for Martin O'Malley's Buy Local Cookout, to be held at the Government House in Annapolis on Thursday, July 21. This is the kickoff event for the statewide Buy Local Challenge...

    Dishing up Maryland

     
    A cookbook that highlights Maryland "food, farmers, watermen and chefs" comes out today from Storey Publishing."Dishing Up Maryland" offers "150 recipes from the Alleghenies to the Chesapeake Bay." It is by Lucie Snodgrass, a Harford Countian who has...