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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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  • Gansler spot critical of health exchange 'debacle'

    Gansler spot critical of health exchange 'debacle'
    A 60-second radio spot by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler criticizes Maryland's online health insurance exchange — and by extension Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, his rival in the Democratic campaign for governor. What the ad says: The ad begins...
  • O'Malley takes aim at deportations

    O'Malley takes aim at deportations
    Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday that the Baltimore City Detention Center will no longer automatically honor requests from the federal government to hold immigrants for deportation — making the state-run jail one of a relative handful in the...
  • Fresh eyes on the budget [Editorial]

    Fresh eyes on the budget  [Editorial]
    It's tempting to dismiss Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's proposals to reduce state spending on the basis of his spectacularly bad idea of eliminating the state prosecutor's office. Getting rid of the one semi-independent actor in Maryland's...
  • All Baltimore students can succeed [Letter]

    All Baltimore students can succeed [Letter]
    As an educator, it was with genuine excitement that I read the recent editorial, "The day After graduation" (April 7), followed one day later by a commentary, "Demand for STEM workers outpaces supply" (April 8). These articles shined a bright light on a...
  • Hogan posts strong fundraising in GOP campaign for governor

    Hogan posts strong fundraising in GOP campaign for governor
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan has emerged as a major force in his party's chase for campaign cash, collecting more money since he joined the race three months ago than his rivals took in all of last year, figures from the campaign show....
  • O'Malley fundraising takes a pause in first quarter

    O'Malley fundraising takes a pause in first quarter
    Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has said he is considering a run for president in 2016, will report raising just more than $104,000 in two federal political committees during the first three months of this year. The number is a far cry from the $1.7 million...
  • Gansler proposes eliminating state prosecutor's office

    Gansler proposes eliminating state prosecutor's office
    Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is proposing to eliminate the state prosecutor's office, the independent agency that secured a string of high-profile political convictions in recent years. Gansler, a Democrat running for governor, called the...
  • O'Malley signs 'Jake's Law,' marijuana decriminalization

    O'Malley signs 'Jake's Law,' marijuana decriminalization
    Of the nearly 150 bills Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law Monday morning, one bore the name of a 5-year-old boy from South Baltimore who died in 2011 after a distracted driver chatting on his cellphone plowed into the back of Jake Owen's family car...
  • New penalties for drunk drivers with children on board [Letter]

    New penalties for drunk drivers with children on board [Letter]
    While The Baltimore Sun attempted to summarize the "more than 2,600 bills" considered by Maryland's General Assembly which adjourned this week in Annapolis ("Minimum-wage hike, new marijuana laws approved as session ends," April 8), it failed to even...
  • A step toward sanity on marijuana [Editorial]

    A step toward sanity on marijuana  [Editorial]
    In 2010, Baltimore City police made 64,525 arrests, and more than 7,000 of them — 11 percent of the total — were for simple possession of marijuana. That represents thousands of man-hours by Baltimore City police, Central Booking officials,...
  • Bird lovers squawk over Sunday hunting

    Bird lovers squawk over Sunday hunting
    Arguing their safe access to public lands is threatened, birders are making a last-ditch appeal to Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto legislation that would expand hunting on Sundays in western Maryland. The Maryland Ornithological Society joined horse lovers...
  • A legislative governor [Editorial]

    A legislative governor [Editorial]
    If voters remember anything from Martin O'Malley's first run for governor eight years ago, it's probably two big promises: to roll back a big increase in BGE rates and to end the culture of divisiveness in Annapolis to bring lawmakers together to get...