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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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  • Senate OKs budget after making trims

    Senate OKs budget after making trims
    The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a $38.9 billion state budget that includes no new taxes while giving state workers a 2 percent cost-of-living raise. It is slightly leaner than the governor proposed. The spending plan, due for a...
  • Finger-pointing continues on Maryland's health exchange

    Finger-pointing continues on Maryland's health exchange
    Weeks after officials at the state's health care exchange began blaming IBM software for the worst problems, including lost applications, IBM began pushing back, saying the state shares some of the blame. It's the latest salvo in the blame game that...
  • Brown pledges to cap college tuition

    Brown pledges to cap college tuition
    Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown pledged Wednesday to cap rising tuition costs at Maryland's colleges if he is elected governor.  Brown, a Democrat, vowed in a statement he would limit annual tuition increases to 3 percent. To keep that promise, Brown said he...
  • O'Malley has failed to protect the Chesapeake Bay [Letter]

    O'Malley has failed to protect the Chesapeake Bay [Letter]
    In his recent State of the State Address, Gov. Martin O'Malley touted his accomplishments in Chesapeake Bay restoration. On closer examination, the record reveals that his claims were misstatements, at best. The truth is that Maryland's portion of the bay...
  • Assembly poised to pass city liquor board reforms

    Assembly poised to pass city liquor board reforms
    Following a scathing audit that revealed widespread mismanagement and spotty enforcement by Baltimore's liquor board, state lawmakers are poised to approve emergency changes to reshape the troubled agency. Bills that advocates say would reform the liquor...
  • Court of Appeals extends deadline for state to provide lawyers at hearings

    Court of Appeals extends deadline for state to provide lawyers at hearings
    The Court of Appeals has extended the deadline by which the state must make sure criminal defendants have lawyers by their side during bail hearings before District Court commissioners. Currently, the state provides attorneys only at hearings before...
  • How 'welcome' are those Obamacare investigations? [Editorial]

    How 'welcome' are those Obamacare investigations?  [Editorial]
    Both Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown say they welcome the federal review into Maryland's botched health insurance exchange that's coming at the request of Rep. Andy Harris. A spokesman for Mr. Brown's gubernatorial campaign said the...
  • State officials welcome federal review of health site

    State officials welcome federal review of health site
    Elected officials from both parties said Monday they welcome a pending federal review of Maryland's troubled health insurance exchange, even as they used the latest development to take swipes at one another ahead of this year's gubernatorial election....
  • Legislation pushes involuntary mental health treatment

    Legislation pushes involuntary mental health treatment
    Maryland lawmakers are moving to make it easier to medicate mental hospital patients against their will, while examining the idea of court-ordered therapy for mentally ill people who aren't hospitalized. The legislation is based partly on...
  • BWI fire chief to challenge his termination

    BWI fire chief to challenge his termination
    Gregory Lawrence said Monday he plans to appeal the Maryland Aviation Administration's decision last week to terminate him from his job as BWI Airport's acting fire chief. Lawrence, the first African-American to lead the airport fire department,...
  • DNR secretary confirmed

    DNR secretary confirmed
    Natural Resources Secretary Joseph P. Gill is no longer "acting."  As expected, the Senate voted Friday to confirm him after an extraordinary hearing at which watermen protested his oversight of the commercial fishing industry and Gill apologized for a...
  • Shale study should stick to timeline [Commentary]

    Shale study should stick to timeline [Commentary]
    In 2011, Governor Martin O'Malley issued an executive order giving the state departments of the environment and of natural resources a clear directive: Determine whether and how natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale in Maryland can be realized...