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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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  • Frederick Douglass portrait installed at Government House

    Frederick Douglass portrait installed at Government House
    Frederick Douglass, the Maryland-born slave turned abolitionist leader, has become the first African-American to have his portrait hung in the governor's official residence in Annapolis. Gov. Martin O'Malley, first lady Katie Curran O'Malley and Lt. Gov....
  • A spectacular weekend for Baltimore [Editorial]

    A spectacular weekend for Baltimore  [Editorial]
    After something of a rough week, the city showed off its best to a national audience with this weekend's Star Spangled Spectacular, packing downtown with residents and tourists alike to celebrate a singular moment in American history. The rain cleared...
  • Mayor criticizes police handling of video case and calls for plan to address brutality

    Mayor criticizes police handling of video case and calls for plan to address brutality
    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake criticized the Police Department's handling of a high-profile police brutality investigation on Wednesday, and said she had directed the police commissioner to develop a "comprehensive" plan to address brutality in the...
  • Maryland faces worse climate-driven flooding, report warns

    Maryland faces worse climate-driven flooding, report warns
    Baltimore and Annapolis are likely to suffer serious coastal flooding again before this century is over, and people and property in Ocean City and on the lower Eastern Shore face even greater risks as climate change accelerates sea level rise along...
  • Boycott the NFL [Letter]

    Boycott the NFL [Letter]
    Women have a duty to combat the domestic violence in the NFL by refusing to buy the products of any football advertiser ("Domestic violence deserves attention year round," Sept. 12). Cut off their money. Men have the same duty. We oppose violence, but...
  • O'Malley picks Battle of Baltimore over Iowa

    O'Malley picks Battle of Baltimore over Iowa
    Few political events in Iowa are more important to an aspiring Democratic presidential candidate than the Harkin Steak Fry. And this year's fundraiser — the 37th and final for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin — is drawing some of its biggest names...
  • 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...
  • Brown, Hogan court Maryland's mayors

    Brown, Hogan court Maryland's mayors
    The two men vying to be Maryland's next governor brought their stump speeches to a convention of municipal leaders in Annapolis on Friday, each promising they would offer local officials a better way forward than their opponent. Republican Larry Hogan...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...