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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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  • New state public health lab set to open in fall

    New state public health lab set to open in fall
    The state lab responsible for confirming and tracking epidemics of dangerous pathogens, infectious diseases and bioterrorism agents will move this fall from a facility dating to the Nixon administration to a new one that is the latest addition to a...
  • Rand Paul is determined to keep 2016 interesting [Commentary]

    Rand Paul is determined to keep 2016 interesting [Commentary]
    I know it's disturbingly early to get into this, but here is my out-of-nowhere prediction for the 2016 presidential race: Hillary Clinton vs. Rand Paul. Ms. Clinton is an easy pick. She was on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart on Tuesday night looking...
  • O'Malley seeks to house immigrant children in foster homes, not large centers

    O'Malley seeks to house immigrant children in foster homes, not large centers
    Gov. Martin O'Malley and a group of faith leaders agreed Monday that thousands of immigrant children who have poured into the United States should be housed in foster homes and other small settings, not large centers as the federal government has...
  • World's refugee crisis comes to U.S. and Maryland

    World's refugee crisis comes to U.S. and Maryland
    Humanity faces its biggest refugee crisis since World War II, and Rep. Andy Harris, the Republican congressman from Maryland's 1st District, pledges to do everything in his power to keep a tiny fraction of Central American children out of a shelter in...
  • Maryland shifts insurance policy to cover transition-related care of transgender employees

    Maryland shifts insurance policy to cover transition-related care of transgender employees
    In a reversal of state healthcare policy, transgender state employees in Maryland can now access gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and other transition-related care under their state-provided health insurance plans. The change quietly went...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • A win-win for Hopkins [Editorial]

    A win-win for Hopkins  [Editorial]
    The tentative contract reached early Tuesday between Johns Hopkins Hospital and the labor union representing about 2,000 of its service workers represents a victory not only for the hospital and members of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East but...
  • 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...