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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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  • The company Anthony Brown keeps [Editorial]

    The company Anthony Brown keeps  [Editorial]
    If there is one criticism that is most consistently delivered by the opponents of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown in his quest to replace Gov. Martin O'Malley, it is that he is a paragon of the status quo, the anointed son of an insular Democratic Party...
  • Another misguided petition drive [Editorial]

    Another misguided petition drive  [Editorial]
    These last few years will go down as a time when Marylanders took steps to recognize the humanity of those who have too often been marginalized. In 2011, the General Assembly voted to stop penalizing children whose parents brought them to the United...
  • Bathrooms, perverts and politics [Commentary]

    Bathrooms, perverts and politics [Commentary]
    " ... shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will." — Martin Luther King Jr., 1963 letter from prison Recent laws extending non-discrimination protections to...
  • Brochin, DeJuliis square off in redrawn north county district

    Brochin, DeJuliis square off in redrawn north county district
    Baltimore County Democrat Jim Brochin calls himself the most independent member of the Maryland Senate. That kind of talk hasn't won him too many friends among party leaders. Gov. Martin O'Malley has endorsed his opponent. So has Baltimore County...
  • A wide-open race for redrawn district in Baltimore, Howard counties

    A wide-open race for redrawn district in Baltimore, Howard counties
    For the first time in more than a decade, the sprawling House of Delegates district that extends from southwest Baltimore County through Howard County is in play. With three long-serving incumbents retiring from District 12, a large field of competitors...
  • Brown touts $800,000 fundraising tally

    Brown touts $800,000 fundraising tally
    Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has raised nearly $12 million in his bid for governor, the Democratic front-runner announced Monday. The final campaign finance report before the June 24 primary election is due Friday, but Brown's camp released its total tally...
  • Maryland Jockey Club president reiterates desire to stretch out Triple Crown

    Maryland Jockey Club president reiterates desire to stretch out Triple Crown
    Tom Chuckas, president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, said Saturday that he would like to see horse racing's Triple Crown events played out over two months, not five weeks. Speaking to reporters at Pimlico Race Course three...
  • Dirty money in Baltimore County politics [Letter]

    Dirty money in Baltimore County politics [Letter]
    I am deeply troubled by the hate mail from Connie DeJuliis that comes to my home every day. For years, Sen. Jim Brochin has come to the yearly neighborhood meetings in my community to tell about his accomplishments after each legislative session, and he...
  • Cardin, Frosh go into 'attack' mode for U-Balt debate

    Cardin, Frosh go into 'attack' mode for U-Balt debate
    Del. Jon S. Cardin and state Sen. Brian E. Frosh briefly shook hands Monday night. But that's where the niceties ended. In front of a packed audience at the University of Baltimore School of Law, the leading candidates for the Democratic party's...
  • Cardin leads but undecideds are wild card in volatile AG race

    Cardin leads but undecideds are wild card in volatile AG race
    Del. Jon S. Cardin leads the Democratic field in the race for Maryland attorney general, but the contest remains far from settled because of a striking number of undecided voters and a well-funded challenger who is gaining ground, according to a new...
  • O'Malley to endorse Frosh for attorney general

    O'Malley to endorse Frosh for attorney general
    Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to endorse state Sen. Brian E. Frosh for the Democratic nomination for attorney general Thursday, Frosh's campaign announced. Del. Jon S. Cardin of Baltimore County, one of Frosh's two opponents in the June 24 primary,...
  • Brown ad focuses on role as adoptive father

    Brown ad focuses on role as adoptive father
    A 30-second television spot for Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown focuses on his role as an adoptive father while getting in some plugs for the O'Malley administration's record on adoption and foster care. What the ad says: The ad shows Brown playing basketball...