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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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  • Catholic Charities seeks to house immigrant children in Baltimore County

    Catholic Charities seeks to house immigrant children in Baltimore County
    Catholic Charities wants to care for about 50 children from Central America at a campus in Baltimore County, seeking a role in the immigration crisis even though the consideration of other sites in Maryland has met with fierce local opposition. The...
  • O'Malley raises $796K in second quarter

    O'Malley raises $796K in second quarter
    Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering a run for president, raised just over $796,000 into two federal political committees in the second quarter of the year -- continuing steady fundraising progress even as speculation about 2016 continues to center on...
  • LifeLine contracts received little scrutiny at Board of Public Works

    LifeLine contracts received little scrutiny at Board of Public Works
    Maryland's Board of Public Works, a panel that includes the governor and other top state officials, did little to scrutinize millions in contracts it awarded in recent years to the financially strapped operator of a group home where a 10-year-old boy died...
  • O'Malley defends position on immigrant children and Carroll site

    O'Malley defends position on immigrant children and Carroll site
    Gov. Martin O'Malley came under fire Wednesday for advocating for thousands of children entering the U.S. illegally while simultaneously trying to wave the White House off a potential shelter in Westminster, Md. CNN and others reported that O'Malley...
  • Maryland lawmakers, child advocates seek probe into oversight of troubled group home

    Maryland lawmakers, child advocates seek probe into oversight of troubled group home
    Maryland lawmakers and child advocates called Monday for an investigation into regulators' oversight of a troubled group home operator, asking why the state continued to give the company millions in taxpayer dollars despite long-standing financial and...
  • MTA to offer tracking of buses via smartphone

    MTA to offer tracking of buses via smartphone
    Users of the Maryland Transit Administration's bus system will be able to track buses in their area via their smartphones and other mobile devices starting this fall, one of many changes announced Monday as part of the agency's multiyear bus improvement...
  • Carroll's first student representative on state school board eager to learn from experience

    Carroll's first student representative on state school board eager to learn from experience
    Most high school students aren't interested in understanding state budget documents, reviewing policy or improving education systems. But Steven Priester, known for wearing colorful bow ties to Carroll County Board of Education meetings, isn't like most...
  • Red Line roadblock [Editorial]

    Red Line roadblock  [Editorial]
    Last month, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz wrote a letter to Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith Jr. indicating his displeasure with certain aspects of the proposed Red Line light rail project. He doesn't want the county to...
  • O'Malley needs to tend to unfinished business

    O'Malley needs to tend to unfinished business
    That's real nice about Martin O'Malley raising close to $800,000 from various supporters who apparently think he could go from Maryland governor to president of the United States some day, maybe even in 2016 if Hillary Clinton decides to become a Re/Max...
  • Power plants coming to electricity-hungry region

    Power plants coming to electricity-hungry region
    Developers haven't built a new power plant of any significance in Maryland for over a decade — one reason the state imports more electricity than almost any other in the country, racking up extra charges for consumers. But change is coming. Two...
  • O'Malley asks religious leaders to help combat domestic violence

    O'Malley asks religious leaders to help combat domestic violence
    Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday kicked off the second year of an expanding initiative aimed at getting faith leaders — specifically men — involved in combating domestic violence, especially during a coordinated weekend in October. O'Malley...
  • O'Malley, Pelosi to hold fundraiser for House Democrats

    O'Malley, Pelosi to hold fundraiser for House Democrats
    WASHINGTON -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will organize a fundraiser for three at-risk House Democrats later this month on the Eastern Shore in the run-up to this year's midterm election. The July 20 fundraiser -- which will feature House Minority...