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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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  • Spin v. reality in Md. job numbers [Editorial]

    Spin v. reality in Md. job numbers  [Editorial]
    The headline on the news release out of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation yesterday sounded pretty great: "Private Sector Gains 18,700 Jobs Over-the-Year." Read the body of the release, though, and you'll discover the actual...
  • Changes coming to state employee health plan

    Changes coming to state employee health plan
    Maryland officials approved $16 billion in contracts Wednesday that are intended to change the way state employees use health care by offering rewards for taking steps to stay well — and imposing penalties for refusing to comply. Rewards would...
  • Eastern Shore wind farm: Let the Navy decide [Editorial]

    Eastern Shore wind farm: Let the Navy decide [Editorial]
    The wind-power power struggle at the highest levels of Maryland's Democratic Party seemed to have been decided in May when Gov. Martin O'Malley bucked Rep. Steny Hoyer to veto legislation that would have essentially killed a green energy project on the...
  • GOP delegates seek answers on immigrant children

    GOP delegates seek answers on immigrant children
    Republican members of the House of Delegates are asking Gov. Martin O'Malley how Maryland will deal with the children coming to the state in the wave of unaccompanied minors from Central America entering the United States illegally. In a letter...
  • Brown, Hogan make pitches to county officials

    Brown, Hogan make pitches to county officials
    — Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan promised government officials from across the state Saturday that he would usher in a "new era of state and county cooperation," while Democratic rival Anthony G. Brown vigorously defended Maryland'...
  • Securing funding a challenge for female entrepreneurs

    Securing funding a challenge for female entrepreneurs
    When Lisa Harris Jones launched her law firm 14 years ago, she used the only money she saw as an option — her own. Harris Jones said she founded Harris Jones & Malone with $7,000 on the belief that "if I can't buy it flat out, then I don't need it....
  • Clean power and energy efficiency for all Md. residents [Commentary]

    Clean power and energy efficiency for all Md. residents [Commentary]
    As Maryland considers options for cutting climate-warming emissions from existing power plants, the good news is we're already ahead of most other states in meeting new targets proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But let's not rest on...
  • Md. businesses press for renewal of U.S. export bank

    Md. businesses press for renewal of U.S. export bank
    When developing countries need to deepen a canal for irrigation or navigation, they frequently call on Ellicott Dredges, a 129-year-old Baltimore-based maker of dredging equipment. To sell their massive, multimillion-dollar machines abroad, Ellicott...
  • 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...
  • Obama administration defies Maryland's will on seismic testing [Letter]

    Obama administration defies Maryland's will on seismic testing [Letter]
    As a lifelong Marylander, I am dismayed by the decision to open the coast to seismic testing ("Some Maryland lawmakers oppose seismic testing," Aug. 4). Maryland's delegation made their message clear in a letter to President Barack Obama: "Keep seismic...
  • O'Malley sweeps through Ocean City convention

    O'Malley sweeps through Ocean City convention
    Gov. Martin O'Malley worked the room at one of Maryland's biggest political events of the year Thursday, grinning for photos, slapping the backs of fellow politicians and causing bottlenecks wherever he stopped. Most years, the governor sticks around...
  • Pundits have advice for Brown, Hogan in governor's race

    Pundits have advice for Brown, Hogan in governor's race
    If Republican Larry Hogan wants to be Maryland's next governor, he needs to drive home his message of cutting taxes and creating jobs. And he needs to appear pleasant. For his part, Democrat Anthony G. Brown needs to avoid unforced errors that could...