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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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  • Why Md. voters don't turn out [Letter]

    Why Md. voters don't turn out [Letter]
    I was somewhat confused by Dan Rodricks' column on the low turnout in last week's primary elections ("Excuses aside, Maryland voter turnout an embarrassment," June 25). I mean, why is he shocked at the low voter turnout? Voter apathy is a direct...
  • Preparing for another BRAC, before it's a done deal

    Preparing for another BRAC, before it's a done deal
    The last time the military consolidated, Maryland's installations grew. But the base realignment and closure process usually goes the other way — and now the Army is calling for another round. Officials in the state aren't waiting to see what...
  • Brown steers careful course in bid for governor

    Brown steers careful course in bid for governor
    Last in a series of profiles of gubernatorial candidates. As Anthony G. Brown runs for governor, he often appears to be walking a political tightrope. If the lieutenant governor tips too far in the direction of independence, he risks looking...
  • Congress faces tough choices, tight timeline for highway funding

    Congress faces tough choices, tight timeline for highway funding
    Congress returns to work Monday facing a tight deadline to fund highway and road projects across the country, an election-year scramble that has injected uncertainty into state and local construction plans at the start of the summer driving season....
  • Brown proposes three debates

    Brown proposes three debates
    Democrat Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown on Wednesday proposed three debates with Republican nominee Larry Hogan, along with a separate debate among their running mates in the race for governor. Such political negotiations typically take place between...
  • O'Malley, Pelosi to hold fundraiser for House Democrats

    O'Malley, Pelosi to hold fundraiser for House Democrats
    WASHINGTON -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will organize a fundraiser for three at-risk House Democrats later this month on the Eastern Shore in the run-up to this year's midterm election. The July 20 fundraiser -- which will feature House Minority...
  • Public unions at risk [Editorial]

    Public unions at risk  [Editorial]
    The Supreme Court didn't kill a key underpinning of public sector unionism Monday, but it surely put it on life support. The court's ruling in the Illinois case Harris v. Quinn, which related to the mandatory collection of so-called "fair share" fees from...
  • No agreement in contract talks at Hopkins Hospital

    No agreement in contract talks at Hopkins Hospital
    Johns Hopkins Hospital and the labor union that represents 2,000 service workers ended contract talks without an agreement Tuesday night, despite intervention by the governor. The talks were the first since members of the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare...
  • Md. offshore wind auction set

    Md. offshore wind auction set
    Continuing the Obama administration's effort to launch a U.S. offshore wind energy industry, federal officials announced Wednesday that they will auction off the rights next month to build huge turbines off Maryland's coast. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean...
  • State approves O'Malley's $84 million in budget cuts

    State approves O'Malley's $84 million in budget cuts
    The lackluster economy prompted Gov. Martin O'Malley to propose erasing $84 million in planned spending for next year. Just a day after the new state budget took effect, O'Malley persuaded the Board of Public Works unanimously to approve a modest set of...
  • O'Malley criticizes Supreme Court on contraception case

    O'Malley criticizes Supreme Court on contraception case
    Gov. Martin O'Malley sharply criticized Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that certain corporations can cite religious grounds in refusing to pay for employee's contraception coverage.  The ruling, spurred by a lawsuit from Hobby Lobby, picks at one of...
  • Warning signs for Md.'s budget [Editorial]

    Warning signs for Md.'s budget  [Editorial]
    Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to seek $77 million in cuts to a budget that's barely 24 hours old is a sobering reminder that the state's economic recovery is tenuous at best. Maryland experienced no gross domestic product growth last year, and job...