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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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  • Raid spurs fear of driver's licenses among immigrants

    Raid spurs fear of driver's licenses among immigrants
    A recent raid at a Catonsville apartment complex has raised concerns that federal immigration agents are using Maryland motor vehicle data to locate illegal immigrants, potentially undermining a state initiative to ensure that drivers are ready for the...
  • Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel considered recovered

    Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel considered recovered
    When Guy W. Willey Sr. was growing up, he hunted and ate Delmarva fox squirrels in the low-lying forests of the Eastern Shore, long before it was clear the giant cousins of the common gray squirrel were in danger of disappearing. He was "dirt poor," he...
  • Police shutdown of '1814' event draws criticism

    Police shutdown of '1814' event draws criticism
    Could the police have waited 10 more minutes before pulling the plug? That's the question that was being asked this week by some of the people who attended Sunday's Hampstead Hill Festival at Patterson Park. The daylong commemoration of the bicentennial...
  • Hillary and the Iowa steak fry [Commentary]

    Hillary and the Iowa steak fry [Commentary]
     Democrats from around the country, and political chroniclers as well, again flocked to Iowa last weekend for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry, a traditional event for raising cholesterol levels and presidential ambitions. It may or may not...
  • 'Gerrymander meander' highlights twisted district

    'Gerrymander meander' highlights twisted district
    No one has called Maryland's 3rd Congressional District pretty. The irregular shape of the district currently represented by Rep. John Sarbanes has been compared to a Rorschach test and a crime scene blood spatter spread across Central Maryland. The New...
  • Sparrows Point owner, government reach cleanup agreement

    Sparrows Point owner, government reach cleanup agreement
    Hopes for redevelopment of the former Sparrows Point steel mill in Baltimore County — and the promise of new jobs — took two giant strides forward Thursday as the land was sold to a new owner who also reached agreement with state and federal...
  • RFK Stadium site could be 'dynamic' for 2024 Olympics, bid chief says

    RFK Stadium site could be 'dynamic' for 2024 Olympics, bid chief says
    The chairman of the committee seeking to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to the Washington area said Thursday that he is intrigued by the possibility that an Olympic stadium could be built on the RFK Stadium site, perhaps becoming the future home of the...
  • A push for paid family leave

    A push for paid family leave
    Shellyann Smith took 12 weeks off for the births of each of her two children — and got paid for it. Smith, a 32-year-old customer service and sales specialist at the Bank of America call center in Hunt Valley, says her employer's policy of...
  • O'Malley en route to London to tout CitiStat

    O'Malley en route to London to tout CitiStat
    Gov. Martin O'Malley is heading to London this week to tout the CitiStat program he developed as Baltimore's mayor. O'Malley on Tuesday was en route to England for what organizers described as an invitation-only discussion Wednesday with 25 policy...
  • Maryland faces worse climate-driven flooding, report warns

    Maryland faces worse climate-driven flooding, report warns
    Baltimore and Annapolis are likely to suffer serious coastal flooding again before this century is over, and people and property in Ocean City and on the lower Eastern Shore face even greater risks as climate change accelerates sea level rise along...
  • City to weigh immigrant-friendly policies

    City to weigh immigrant-friendly policies
    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to unveil dozens of recommendations Wednesday intended to lure immigrant families to Baltimore and retain them. The proposals, from increasing the availability of translators at city agencies to making it easier...
  • Governor candidates are on separate tracks

    Governor candidates are on separate tracks
    Anthony G. Brown brightens as he talks about building large transportation projects — including two light rail lines worth a combined $5 billion. To the Democratic nominee for governor, they are a key to creating jobs and stimulating Maryland's...