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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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  • 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...
  • Wage war brews at Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Wage war brews at Johns Hopkins Hospital
    About 2,000 workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital have threatened to strike if the hospital does not agree to a wage increase of as much as 40 percent for some employees. A union representing the hospital's service and maintenance workers, including...
  • Conway moves to stop liquor licenses in Belvedere

    Conway moves to stop liquor licenses in Belvedere
    A powerful city senator has amended legislation in Annapolis to ban any new liquor licenses in a North Baltimore neighborhood — a move that is drawing criticism from opponents who say it should have been aired in public first. State Sen. Joan...
  • Governor's domestic violence bills get final approval

    Governor's domestic violence bills get final approval
    Two domestic violence bills on Gov. Martin O'Malley's wish list won final passage in the General Assembly Monday night, pushing his agenda closer to completion. One of the measures would ease the burden of proof for domestic violence victims asking a...
  • Assembly passes bill to expand city needle exchange

    Assembly passes bill to expand city needle exchange
    The General Assembly passed legislation Monday night allowing Baltimore to distribute an unlimited number of syringes to drug addicts in Baltimore in the hope that access to clean needles will help curb the spread of AIDS. The 40-7 Senate vote sends the...
  • Pride of Baltimore II carries replica Star-Spangled Banner to Annapolis

    Pride of Baltimore II carries replica Star-Spangled Banner to Annapolis
    The Pride of Baltimore II took its first sail of the season Monday, as it traveled to Annapolis carrying a replica of the flag that inspired the national anthem. The flag has been displayed publicly only once since it was created by Maryland Historical...
  • Maryland gears up for end of health care enrollment

    Maryland gears up for end of health care enrollment
    Monday marks the end of a six-month enrollment push for Maryland's troubled health exchange, and despite a surge in the past week, it is unclear whether the state can overcome technical problems that have persisted since the Oct. 1 debut and meet its...
  • O'Malley urges residents to sign up for Obamacare

    O'Malley urges residents to sign up for Obamacare
    Gov. Martin O'Malley urged uninsured people Friday to sign up for health coverage as soon as possible to beat Monday's deadline. Despite the ongoing technical problems with Maryland's health care exchange, O'Malley said the state has already seen a huge...
  • Assembly passes transgender rights bill

    Assembly passes transgender rights bill
    Legislation barring discrimination against transgender people passed the General Assembly on Thursday, as the House of Delegates approved the bill after an impassioned debate. The vote sends the measure to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who said he will sign it....
  • Transgender rights bill could be petitioned to referendum

    Transgender rights bill could be petitioned to referendum
    The day after the state legislature extended civil rights protections to transgender people, the group that successfully petitioned same-sex marriage to the ballot in 2012 threatened to petition the transgender protections, too.  MdPetitions.org sent...
  • Regional bus services shaken up as Howard launches new transit agency

    Regional bus services shaken up as Howard launches new transit agency
    Convinced it can spend less money yet provide better bus service, Howard County plans to cut out the organization that provides transportation to thousands of Central Marylanders each day and replace it with a new transit agency. Howard County...
  • Alaska Airlines to offer new daily route between Baltimore and Seattle

    Alaska Airlines to offer new daily route between Baltimore and Seattle
    Alaska Airlines will begin offering daily flights between Baltimore and Seattle on Sept. 2 as part of a broader expansion of destination options from its West Coast hub, the airline announced Friday. The new route is the first Alaska Airlines will...