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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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  • Brown, Hogan sharply divided on child immigration

    Brown, Hogan sharply divided on child immigration
    As Gov. Martin O'Malley has extended a welcoming hand to immigrant children fleeing Central America, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony G. Brown and Republican rival Larry Hogan have staked out starkly different positions on whether he is doing...
  • Virginia should follow Maryland's Medicaid expansion example [Commentary]

    Virginia should follow Maryland's Medicaid expansion example [Commentary]
    The Potomac River has long been a symbolic divide between two states with divergent histories and politics. Today, the difference between Virginia and Maryland plays out in Medicaid coverage. In Maryland, low-income workers — adults living alone...
  • O'Malley headed back to New Hampshire

    O'Malley headed back to New Hampshire
    Gov. Martin O'Malley will return again to New Hampshire this month as the term-limited Democrat continues to lay the groundwork for a potential White House bid. O'Malley will be the guest at an Aug. 17 picnic fundraiser for the Strafford County...
  • Md. commission rules Uber is 'common carrier,' will face regulations

    Md. commission rules Uber is 'common carrier,' will face regulations
    Ruling that the popular ride-sharing company Uber Technologies is subject to the same regulations imposed on other for-hire vehicle services in the state, state regulators at the same time ordered a revision of those rules to reflect the changing...
  • O'Malley seeks to house immigrant children in foster homes, not large centers

    O'Malley seeks to house immigrant children in foster homes, not large centers
    Gov. Martin O'Malley and a group of faith leaders agreed Monday that thousands of immigrant children who have poured into the United States should be housed in foster homes and other small settings, not large centers as the federal government has...
  • Nobody asked me (about casinos or Ray Rice), but . . .

    Nobody asked me (about casinos or Ray Rice), but . . .
    Nobody asked me, but … the fans who gave Ray Rice a standing ovation before Thursday's preseason game apparently have not read the Ravens' fan behavior policy — specifically, the part that says: "Fans help shape the Ravens' image." They...
  • Elizabeth C. Bellavance, activist

    Elizabeth C. Bellavance, activist
    Elizabeth C. Bellavance, an educator, social activist, and patron of the academic and arts communities who was also an outspoken advocate for the Eastern Shore's Hispanic community, died July 24 of cancer at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center...
  • Mikulski language would halt Pax River wind farm

    Mikulski language would halt Pax River wind farm
    WASHINGTON -- Citing "very serious" concerns about the project's impact on Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski included language in a military spending bill that would delay the construction of a massive wind farm on the Eastern...
  • Marylanders volunteer to help immigrant children

    Marylanders volunteer to help immigrant children
    Hundreds of Marylanders are volunteering to help Central American children coming here as part of an influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border in recent months, O'Malley administration officials said Tuesday. Anne Sheridan, director of...
  • O'Malley jumps to a pro-fracking conclusion [Letter]

    O'Malley jumps to a pro-fracking conclusion [Letter]
    I was surprised to see in Tim Wheeler's report on the latest Cove Point permit ("State gives gas export facility go-ahead," July 23) that Gov. Martin O'Malley has decided that fracked gas is a bridge fuel and that fracking can be done safely if the...
  • O'Malley joins U.S. labor secretary to call for higher wages

    O'Malley joins U.S. labor secretary to call for higher wages
    Gov. Martin O'Malley joined U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez at a popular burrito restaurant in this Washington suburb Thursday to praise its higher-than-minimum wages and to call for a pay raise for other American workers. The event at Boloco gave...
  • Do O'Malley and Mikulski plan to adopt some immigrant kids? [Letter]

    Do O'Malley and Mikulski plan to adopt some immigrant kids? [Letter]
    Since U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Gov. Martin O'Malley support bringing in the neighborhood of 1,800 illegal immigrant children to Maryland and requesting funds to support that effort ("Faith leaders renew call for foster families for immigrants," July...