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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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  • Time ripe for passage of hybrid school board bill [Editorial]

    Time ripe for passage of hybrid school board bill [Editorial]
    A proposal to change the Baltimore County School Board from an all-appointed body to a mixture of appointed and elected members, usually called a "hybrid board," has been on the table for years without becoming a reality. This year, that might change....
  • Assembly passes pit bull bill on third try

    Assembly passes pit bull bill on third try
    After two years of wrangling, the General Assembly gave its final approval Thursday to legislation that overrules a state high court ruling that pit bulls are inherently dangerous and must be held to a stricter liability standard for bites than other...
  • Troubled Maryland health exchange could spark political fallout

    Troubled Maryland health exchange could spark political fallout
    Check out this statement from the president of the Maryland Senate, Thomas V. Mike Miller, on the state's gawd-awful-and-now-abandoned health insurance website: "You can blame it on the contractor, blame it on the subcontractor, but the buck stops with...
  • Arts education advocates see promise in Thornton

    Arts education advocates see promise in Thornton
    Last year, Elm Creative Arts School in Milwaukee failed to live up to its name. A gallery for student artwork had become a storage area and meeting space. The performance space, dubbed the "great room" with theater-style seating, was used as an...
  • State leaders reach agreement on minimum wage, pay for caregivers

    State leaders reach agreement on minimum wage, pay for caregivers
    Ending a standoff that had stalled the governor's top legislative priority, General Assembly leaders said Wednesday that they have reached a deal to raise Maryland's minimum wage, while also boosting the pay of workers caring for the developmentally...
  • Assembly passes city liquor board overhaul

    Assembly passes city liquor board overhaul
    The General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday to legislation restructuring the troubled Baltimore liquor board and giving City Hall more control. The unanimous vote by the state Senate sends the measure to the governor, who is expected to sign it...
  • Have voters noticed the latest O'Malley/Brown $125 million debacle? [Letter]

    Have voters noticed the latest O'Malley/Brown $125 million debacle? [Letter]
    On behalf of the taxpayers I just wanted to thank Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for wasting $125 million tax dollars on another failed government program, in this case, Maryland's health exchange website ("Signup period bumps to end,"...
  • Md. votes to adopt health exchange software used in Connecticut

    Md. votes to adopt health exchange software used in Connecticut
    The board overseeing Maryland's health exchange voted unanimously Tuesday evening to scrap its dysfunctional website and adopt software developed by Deloitte Consulting and used by the more successful health exchange in Connecticut. The software is...
  • The best bad option for Md.'s exchange [Editorial]

    The best bad option for Md.'s exchange  [Editorial]
    Maryland is ditching the health insurance exchange it has spent tens of millions in federal and state dollars to develop, and Gov. Martin O'Malley's critics are heaping well-deserved condemnation on him for the debacle. Where they go wrong is in...
  • Provisions to recoup state education funding for Carroll schools falter in House

    Provisions to recoup state education funding for Carroll schools falter in House
    A pair of proposals that would have limited the amount of state funding lost by Carroll County Public Schools over the next three years was approved by the county's state senators, supported by the Board of Carroll County Commissioners and pleaded for...
  • Looking beyond Md.'s flawed Obamacare website [Editorial]

    Looking beyond Md.'s flawed Obamacare website  [Editorial]
    One last round of website crashes, jammed call center lines, frustrations and delays marked the end of Maryland's first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act and ensured that the launch of the Maryland Health Connection will go down as...
  • Your move, Governor [Commentary]

    Your move, Governor [Commentary]
    Is Martin O'Malley running for president in 2016? Should he? The answer to both questions seems the same: Sort of. Maryland's governor will finish his second term in January, the same week he turns 52. After serving as Baltimore mayor and Maryland...