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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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  • 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...
  • Power plants coming to electricity-hungry region

    Power plants coming to electricity-hungry region
    Developers haven't built a new power plant of any significance in Maryland for over a decade — one reason the state imports more electricity than almost any other in the country, racking up extra charges for consumers. But change is coming. Two...
  • State lawmakers call for committee probe of group home death

    State lawmakers call for committee probe of group home death
    Two Maryland lawmakers said Friday they will ask a state Senate committee to explore the death of a 10-year-old disabled foster child who was in the care of a group home. Another state senator who advocates for people with disabilities said the boy's...
  • Carroll's first student representative on state school board eager to learn from experience

    Carroll's first student representative on state school board eager to learn from experience
    Most high school students aren't interested in understanding state budget documents, reviewing policy or improving education systems. But Steven Priester, known for wearing colorful bow ties to Carroll County Board of Education meetings, isn't like most...
  • Study raises safety concerns about Cove Point gas facility

    Study raises safety concerns about Cove Point gas facility
    A proposed liquefied natural gas facility in Calvert County could put nearby residents at "significant risk" if a fire or explosion occurs, according to a British consulting firm hired by opponents of the project to review its hazards. Ricardo-AEA,...
  • Hopkins Hospital service workers approve contract

    Hopkins Hospital service workers approve contract
    Service workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract that gives all workers raises and would set a minimum wage of $15 an hour for longtime employees. The vote, which began Thursday and ended Friday evening, hinged...
  • Hogan short on family planning specifics [Letter]

    Hogan short on family planning specifics [Letter]
    Maryland's next governor will have great control over our tax rate as well as how that money is spent. Larry Hogan, the Republican candidate, does not want to discuss the latter in the context of family planning. He avoided that subject in his response to...
  • CO2 is not the real problem for Maryland [Commentary]

    CO2 is not the real problem for Maryland [Commentary]
    While Maryland is well positioned for complying with Environmental Protection Agency's preliminary carbon regulations, mandating a 30 percent nationwide reduction in CO2 emissions from power plants by 2030, those proposed regulations by themselves will do...
  • O'Malley's fiscal legacy [Editorial]

    O'Malley's fiscal legacy  [Editorial]
    When the three major Wall Street bond rating agencies reaffirmed Maryland's AAA rating last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley issued a news release crediting his administration's "fiscally responsible approach" to budgeting. Given the extent to which Mr. O'...
  • A temporary patch [Editorial]

    A temporary patch  [Editorial]
    In the world of highway repairs, the term "cold patch" refers to an asphalt mix that's used to temporarily fill potholes. Congress appears to be inching slowly toward its own version of a cold patch that would maintain funding for highway and transit...
  • Democrats schedule unity rally

    Democrats schedule unity rally
    Maryland Democrats have scheduled an "unity" rally to for next week mend fissures exposed by the party's rancorous primary contest. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is expected to attend. Gansler finished second in the acrimonious fight for the ...
  • Pruski's exit from school board for County Council run leaves seat unfilled

    Pruski's exit from school board for County Council run leaves seat unfilled
    Anne Arundel County school board member Andrew Pruski, who recently won the Democratic nomination for a County Council seat, announced his resignation from the board Wednesday, citing a state law prohibiting candidates from appearing on a general election...