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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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  • With session over, O'Malley more free to focus on 2016

    With session over, O'Malley more free to focus on 2016
    His final legislative session is over, but Gov. Martin O'Malley is unlikely to have a restful last nine months in office. As he weighs whether to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, political observers and those who have faced the same...
  • Oppose anyone connected to failed health exchange [Letter]

    Oppose anyone connected to failed health exchange [Letter]
    All taxpayers, Democrats and Republicans, please take to heart these ongoing atrocities and debacles of constant unaccountable excuses when it comes time for elections. If anyone is simple enough to vote for anyone who is involved in Maryland's failed...
  • Delaney's energy policy a muddle [Letter]

    Delaney's energy policy a muddle [Letter]
    Rep. John Delaney's commentary ("Natural gas is the right choice for the U.S.," April 2) speaks for the energy and job needs of Canada, Crimea, Europe, Russia, Ukraine the Midwestern United States and southern Maryland. Unmentioned in this geopolitical...
  • Three GOP candidates "endorse" Brown for governor

    Three GOP candidates will gather Monday to endorse Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor, but there's a catch. Dan Bongino, who is running for the 6th Congressional District seat, and gubernatorial candidates Harford County Executive David Craig and Del....
  • New state higher-education plan addresses changing demographics of students

    New state higher-education plan addresses changing demographics of students
    The body overseeing higher education in Maryland unveiled a new four-year plan Wednesday intended to help serve the low-income, first-generation and nontraditional students that make up a growing segment of the academic population. The Maryland Higher...
  • Tax breaks for 'House of Cards' fall short

    Tax breaks for 'House of Cards' fall short
    The breakdown in Annapolis over boosting incentives for films and television series shot in Maryland has left the state without enough money to give Netflix's "House of Cards" what it was seeking to produce its next season here, officials acknowledged...
  • Senate OKs withholding refunds over open warrants

    Senate OKs withholding refunds over open warrants
    The Senate unanimously passed bills Thursday allowing Baltimore City and Washington County to adopt a program launched in Anne Arundel County under which people with open warrants can have their state income tax refunds withheld, The legislation...
  • Maryland House zings 'House of Cards' over tax break threat

    Maryland House zings 'House of Cards' over tax break threat
    Responding to a threat that the "House of Cards" television series may leave Maryland if it doesn't get more tax credits, the House of Delegates adopted budget language Thursday requiring the state to seize the production company's property if it stops...
  • Gender identity protected [Editorial]

    Gender identity protected  [Editorial]
    If this coming November Maryland Republicans look back at the election results and wonder what went wrong, they may want to start with Thursday's vote by the House of Delegates in which every member of their party in attendance voted against a bill to ban...
  • Mt. Soma, Milton Avenue projects still drawing fire in Fallston

    Several development issues remain on the Fallston community's radar, including a proposed commercial site at Route 1 and Milton Avenue and apartments slated for the historic Mt. Soma Farm near Route 1 and the Bel Air Bypass. "The big ticket item" at...
  • With Democrats like these, who needs GOP?

    With Democrats like these, who needs GOP?
    If you needed proof of the political class' abiding support of the ruling class over the working class, look no further than the purportedly left-leaning blue state of Maryland, with a Democratic-dominated legislature throwing millions of dollars at the...
  • Tow truck drivers deserve protection of 'move over' law [Editorial]

    Drivers passing emergency activity on the shoulder of a highway usually have the good sense to shift lanes to give it a wide berth, or, if they cannot shift lanes, slow down. But some drivers lack that sense. They roar past police, ambulances and tow...