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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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Top Martin O'Malley Articles

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  • The 3 percent solution [Editorial]

    The 3 percent solution  [Editorial]
    There's no greater test for any individual's faith in higher education than to sit down and write a tuition check. You may love your son or daughter absolutely, and you may have an unshakable faith in the college or university of their choice, but when...
  • Another budget setback [Editorial]

    Another budget setback  [Editorial]
    The announcement last week by Maryland's Board of Revenue Estimates that the state will be taking in $238 million less in taxes this year and next was certainly unwelcome, and it complicates the already difficult task the General Assembly faces in...
  • Asleep at the wheel on health exchange [Letter]

    Asleep at the wheel on health exchange [Letter]
    The feds are going to look into Maryland's health exchange rollout fiasco and all the Democratic powers are saying they welcome the investigation ("Federal inspector to audit Maryland health exchange," March 9). Really ? Any one who actually believes...
  • Arnold man's death prompts regulation of cliffside elevators

    Arnold man's death prompts regulation of cliffside elevators
    Friends and family members say that in life, John T. Menzies was passionate about helping others. In death, they say, Menzies will continue to help others through new state legislation that would require regular inspections of residential cliffside...
  • House gives preliminary OK to mental health medication bill

    House gives preliminary OK to mental health medication bill
    The Maryland House gave preliminary approval Saturday to a bill that would make it easier for caregivers to administer medication to patients in mental hospitals against their wishes. The action clears the way for a final House vote Monday on the...
  • Last chance to guarantee no fracking in Md. [Letter]

    Last chance to guarantee no fracking in Md. [Letter]
    I would like to comment on the March 10 op-ed, "Shale study should stick to timeline." I object to the comforting tone of the commentary in describing the current situation as being "on track." Marylanders should know that the commission's work is under...
  • Teachers unions sell out on O'Malley pension grab [Letter]

    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...
  • O'Malley, Brown pay no price for health exchange debacle [Letter]

    O'Malley, Brown pay no price for health exchange debacle [Letter]
    Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown might state they welcome the federal investigation into Maryland's health insurance exchange, but they know the results won't come to light until after the elections ("How 'welcome' are those Obamacare...
  • Harford school officials say they are closing the gap on feeding needy students

    Although Harford County Public Schools has not yet met the state's goals for student participation in the Free and Reduced Meals program – to the point they attracted a recent plea from Gov. Martin O'Malley to "feed these kids" – school...
  • Maternity wards at risk [Commentary]

    Maternity wards at risk [Commentary]
    This summer, Gov. Martin O'Malley and public health leaders justly celebrated the fact that infant mortality in our state has been driven to a new record low. By increasing access to care and outreach for new mothers and their babies —...
  • Last chance to save the bay [Letter]

    Last chance to save the bay [Letter]
    The Chesapeake Bay, one of Maryland's greatest assets, is currently being threatened. Yet the Maryland legislature is again poised to delay action ("Senators seek to stall pollution regulations," March 10). The Chesapeake Bay is currently under siege...
  • O'Malley robs state pensions [Letter]

    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...