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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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  • Brown releases anti-crime plan

    Brown releases anti-crime plan
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony G. Brown will propose a plan Friday to cut the number of released inmates who return to prison for new offenses with a variety of programs to ease the transition back to the community, By releasing his 10-point...
  • Senate approves cut in estate taxes

    Senate approves cut in estate taxes
    Wealthy Marylanders would get a posthumous tax break under legislation passed Thursday by the General Assembly in the hope of keeping millionaires from fleeing to other states. The state Senate gave final approval to a measure long sought by...
  • Fairness for caregivers [Editorial]

    Fairness for caregivers  [Editorial]
    If Maryland moves to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour — as it should — employers around the state are going to have to adjust the way they do business, even if they don't presently have any minimum wage workers. Once those with lower...
  • O'Malley and Cummings hold minimum wage rally in Catonsville

    O'Malley and Cummings hold minimum wage rally in Catonsville
    A group of more than 50 joined Gov. Martin O'Malley and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings to rally in support of raising Maryland's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour at Atwater's Naturally Leavened Bread Bakery and Cafe in Catonsville on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m....
  • State board approves land deal for College Park hotel

    State board approves land deal for College Park hotel
    Over objections about the fairness of the process, the state Board of Public Works approved a land deal Wednesday that would allow a developer to build a luxury hotel and conference center at the University of Maryland, College Park. The university...
  • Senate OKs speed camera reform measure

    Senate OKs speed camera reform measure
    The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to approve legislation to tighten the rules under which local governments can use cameras to enforce speed laws, adding new protections for drivers against wrongly issued tickets. Similar legislation has passed the...
  • Senator says he'll block minimum wage bill until state raises pay for caregivers

    Senator says he'll block minimum wage bill until state raises pay for caregivers
    The governor's proposal to raise the minimum wage hit a snag Wednesday as a key senator said he would block the legislation until the administration agreed to increase pay for workers who care for developmentally disabled individuals. Sen. Thomas M....
  • Army, National Guard at odds over scarcer resources

    Army, National Guard at odds over scarcer resources
    After more than a dozen years fighting side by side in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army and the National Guard are battling each other over budget cuts. The Army, tasked with restructuring for a postwar future amid rising personnel costs and spending cuts...
  • Now D.C. wants to horn in on Baltimore's 'House of Cards' action

    Now D.C. wants to horn in on Baltimore's 'House of Cards' action
    Should state legislators fail to offer enough tax incentives to keep Frank Underwood and his "House of Cards" gang filming happily in Maryland, D.C. mayoral candidate Vincent Orange has a helpful suggestion. How about filming in Washington? Seeing as...
  • The importance of signing up [Commentary]

    The importance of signing up [Commentary]
    Since Oct. 1, the Affordable Care Act has provided full health care coverage to over 230,000 Marylanders who previously had either no health insurance or low quality or unaffordable coverage. This is a tremendous public health success for our state. Yes,...
  • Pride of Baltimore II, 'Star-Spangled Banner' replica to help mark Maryland Day

    Pride of Baltimore II, 'Star-Spangled Banner' replica to help mark Maryland Day
    The Pride of Baltimore II and a replica of the flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" will be the focus of Maryland Day celebrations in Baltimore and Annapolis on March 25, according to the Maryland Historical Society. First, the flag, hand-...
  • House approves 'shielding' law

    House approves 'shielding' law
    The House of Delegates on Monday passed a law that would allow some ex-offenders to "shield" their criminal records from online background checks. In a 87-49 vote, the chamber approved the measure that would allow people convicted of various traffic,...