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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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  • Middle school students think big, build 'tiny'

    Middle school students think big, build 'tiny'
    More than 50 Maryland middle-schools students have been building a house during a summer camp in Annapolis — not a routine task for teens and preteens. "I came here skeptical," acknowledged JJ Jennings, 13, a rising eighth-grader at the Key School...
  • SHA to hold input meeting for four projects in Arbutus

    SHA to hold input meeting for four projects in Arbutus
    Starting in the fall, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin the construction of four different projects in Arbutus. Projects include: • the mile-long replacement of two Interstate 695 (Baltimore Beltway) inner loop bridges...
  • Angling for the benefits of oyster restoration

    Angling for the benefits of oyster restoration
    "Fish on!" called P.J. Klavon, as he reached for a trap hauled from the placid waters of the Tred Avon River. Inside the black metal cage wriggled a single white perch, a safe distance from a blue crab. The fish weren't exactly jumping last week into...
  • 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 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...