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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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  • Obama to meet, raise money with connected advocate for Israel

    Obama to meet, raise money with connected advocate for Israel
    President Barack Obama, who is attempting to help Democrats maintain their grip on the Senate, will attend a fundraiser Friday at the home of a wealthy Baltimore hedge fund manager who has become one of the nation's foremost advocates for Israel. Howard...
  • Commemorations mark Battle of Baltimore and 9/11 attacks

    Commemorations mark Battle of Baltimore and 9/11 attacks
    Amid celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner," leaders in Maryland have hammered home a point: If it weren't for Baltimore, American history might well have turned out very differently. "For many Americans, the War of...
  • O'Malley to move back to Baltimore

    O'Malley to move back to Baltimore
    Gov. Martin O'Malley and his wife, Katie, are actively house shopping in northern Baltimore and plan to "repatriate" to the city when his term ends. O'Malley said Thursday his youngest son has already switched to a Baltimore school and that the family...
  • State hopes tracking pain pills will reduce overdoses

    State hopes tracking pain pills will reduce overdoses
    A database in Kentucky that has tracked potentially dangerous and addictive prescriptions dispensed in the state for the past 15 years has become a national model by helping significantly reduce so-called doctor-shopping for pain drugs. Federal data show...
  • New video, outcry lead Ravens to cut Rice

    New video, outcry lead Ravens to cut Rice
    A newly circulated video showing Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee drew heightened and widespread outrage Monday, prompting the Ravens to fire the player whose dazzling runs on the field and anti-bullying efforts off it had endeared him to Ravens...
  • Brochin faces challenge in redrawn county district

    Brochin faces challenge in redrawn county district
    State Sen. Jim Brochin spent the summer beating back a Democratic primary challenge from the left. Now, he's facing what's perhaps an even tougher fight from the right. Because of state redistricting that left his northern Baltimore County district...
  • Duckett Dam was operated responsibly during heavy rainstorm [Commentary]

    On Aug. 12, a downpour hit Laurel, dumping 4.47 inches of rain on the area in little over two hours. The rain flooded downtown Laurel. Much of downtown Laurel is built on a floodplain — "a nearly flat plain along the course of a stream or river that...
  • The legacy of the Battle of Baltimore [Commentary]

    Two-hundred years ago, a Maryland-born lawyer watched as British forces bombarded Fort McHenry at the Battle of Baltimore. At dawn, against all odds, the massive star-spangled banner flew over the fort, signaling America's triumphant defense of Baltimore....
  • Vice President Biden coming to Baltimore for 'Star-Spangled 200'

    Vice President Joe Biden will be in town this weekend, to help Baltimore celebrate its "Star-Spangled Banner" bicentennial. The vice president, who hails from neighboring Delaware, will be at Fort McHenry Saturday night to deliver remarks during a...
  • City's new slogan would honor national anthem

    City's new slogan would honor national anthem
    Oh, say can you see a new slogan for Baltimore City? Councilman James B. Kraft can. He petitioned his fellow City Council members to pass a resolution Monday declaring a new official motto for the city: "Baltimore — Birthplace of The Star-Spangled...
  • O'Malley touts progress on immigration in Md.

    O'Malley touts progress on immigration in Md.
    WASHINGTON -- Gov. Martin O'Malley called on the legal community to address the shortage of attorneys available to represent immigrant children and touted Maryland's progress in making the state more hospitable to newcomers in an address Thursday to the...
  • Businesses anticipating major tourism boost from Star-Spangled Spectacular

    Businesses anticipating major tourism boost from Star-Spangled Spectacular
    As the nation's eyes turn to Baltimore for the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 next week, city leaders hope to capitalize on what one official called "the largest tourism event in our city's history" and the chance to showcase the city in...