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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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  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • O'Malley proposes $5k grants for flood victims

    O'Malley proposes $5k grants for flood victims
    Residents inundated by June floods in Western Maryland can apply for $5,000 in state cash, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday. The program will give grants to help cover medical, housing, and food expenses caused by June 12 flash floods that...
  • Rand Paul is determined to keep 2016 interesting [Commentary]

    Rand Paul is determined to keep 2016 interesting [Commentary]
    I know it's disturbingly early to get into this, but here is my out-of-nowhere prediction for the 2016 presidential race: Hillary Clinton vs. Rand Paul. Ms. Clinton is an easy pick. She was on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart on Tuesday night looking...
  • Governor needs to look for 'underperformance' closer to home [Letter]

    Governor needs to look for 'underperformance' closer to home [Letter]
    On the front page of The Baltimore Sun is an article about the Office of Health Care Quality which is apparently unable to perform its mission: "…the office, which is part of the health department, has acknowledged that it does not meet the...
  • Some incumbents trailing in high-profile General Assembly races

    Some incumbents trailing in high-profile General Assembly races
    At least six General Assembly incumbents were trailing opponents after early primary returns Tuesday evening — but many incumbents were turning back tough challenges. With early results reported from polls across the state, state Sen. James...
  • O'Malley parts fools and money [Letter]

    O'Malley parts fools and money [Letter]
    I see in The Sun that Gov. Martin O'Malley has raised $796,000 for a presidential run ("O'Malley raises $796,000," July 16). Further proof that P.T. Barnum was correct In his assessment of people and their wallets. F. Cordell - To respond to this...
  • LifeLine contracts received little scrutiny at Board of Public Works

    LifeLine contracts received little scrutiny at Board of Public Works
    Maryland's Board of Public Works, a panel that includes the governor and other top state officials, did little to scrutinize millions in contracts it awarded in recent years to the financially strapped operator of a group home where a 10-year-old boy died...
  • Maryland lawmakers, child advocates seek probe into oversight of troubled group home

    Maryland lawmakers, child advocates seek probe into oversight of troubled group home
    Maryland lawmakers and child advocates called Monday for an investigation into regulators' oversight of a troubled group home operator, asking why the state continued to give the company millions in taxpayer dollars despite long-standing financial and...
  • On to November [Editorial]

    On to November  [Editorial]
    Despite a spirited three-way contest, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown appears on his way to a convincing victory in the Maryland Democratic gubernatorial primary. On the Republican side, businessman and former state cabinet secretary Larry Hogan also emerged...
  • 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...