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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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  • With Democrats like these, who needs GOP?

    With Democrats like these, who needs GOP?
    If you needed proof of the political class' abiding support of the ruling class over the working class, look no further than the purportedly left-leaning blue state of Maryland, with a Democratic-dominated legislature throwing millions of dollars at the...
  • Hillary Clinton's possible run blocks would-be Democratic contenders

    If Hillary Clinton doesn't run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 — and there's one chance in five of that — the party could have a nervous breakdown. On the national level, the Democratic bench is weaker, or more...
  • Slow and steady wins the race for Brown [Commentary]

    Slow and steady wins the race for Brown [Commentary]
    If the Democratic primary is likely to decide who will be the state's next governor — a reasonable but not entirely certain proposition, given the balance of power between the state's two major parties — at this point in the contest two...
  • Frustrated consumers could be new voting bloc

    Frustrated consumers could be new voting bloc
    Lewis Somerville of Parkville is one of the numerous frustrated souls who tried doggedly to secure new health insurance policies through the O'Malley-Brown administration's vaunted-in-theory-but-awful-in-reality online exchange. To this end,...
  • Mike Miller, marijuana and the right side of history

    Mike Miller, marijuana and the right side of history
    Turns out, I am glad that Thomas V. Mike Miller gives no hint of retiring from his position as president-forever of the Maryland Senate. I know that sounds odd coming from me, but that's how I feel today. And I don't even smoke pot. Miller is 71,...
  • O'Malley still dogged by insurance exchange woes

    O'Malley still dogged by insurance exchange woes
    One chortles at Governor O'Maryland's response to Candy Crowley on CNN when she asked if he had been asleep at the switch during the development of this state's botched-and-still-botchy health insurance exchange. "Oh, no," the governor said. And I have to...
  • O'Malley promises on health exchange ring empty

    O'Malley promises on health exchange ring empty
    A careful reader pointed out a flaw in my column of Thursday. I noted that, before leaving for his nine-day trip to Brazil, Gov. Martin O'Malley had said problems with Maryland's mind-numbingly bad health insurance exchange would be fixed by mid-December....
  • Navy QB Reynolds is FBS All-Independent Player of the Year

     Navy QB Reynolds is FBS All-Independent Player of the Year
    College football Navy QB Reynolds is FBS All-Independent Player of the Year Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds was chosen as the Football Bowl Subdivision All-Independent Offensive Player of the Year, it was announced Wednesday. Nine Navy...
  • Dreaming of the White House

    Is it too early to think about who's running for president in 2016, three years from now? Not in Washington, a city with more campaign consultants than dry cleaners. After all, we're talking about a business that raised and spent more than $2 billion,...
  • Obamacare works, where states want it

    Obamacare works, where states want it
    Why are congressional Republicans so determined to repeal Obamacare? They're terrified that, once Americans have it, they might want to keep it. That's what happened after Medicare was passed in 1965, when the idea of government involvement in health...
  • Holder saying what Baltimore judge has said for years

    Holder saying what Baltimore judge has said for years
    Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement — that low-level drug offenders with no history of violence and no ties to gangs will no longer face severe, mandatory federal prison sentences — is the first step in returning sanity and integrity...
  • McManus: Will it be Clinton? Cuomo? Warren?

    McManus: Will it be Clinton? Cuomo? Warren?
    Shortly after the 1988 presidential election, pollsters asked Democrats whom they favored to be their party's nominee in 1992. The strongest candidates were Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Gov. Mario M. Cuomo of New York. The governor of...