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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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  • Carroll's first student representative on state school board eager to learn from experience

    Carroll's first student representative on state school board eager to learn from experience
    Most high school students aren't interested in understanding state budget documents, reviewing policy or improving education systems. But Steven Priester, known for wearing colorful bow ties to Carroll County Board of Education meetings, isn't like most...
  • Maryland shifts insurance policy to cover transition-related care of transgender employees

    Maryland shifts insurance policy to cover transition-related care of transgender employees
    In a reversal of state healthcare policy, transgender state employees in Maryland can now access gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and other transition-related care under their state-provided health insurance plans. The change quietly went...
  • Beretta to move gun production from Maryland

    Beretta to move gun production from Maryland
    Beretta U.S.A., the American arm of the iconic Italian firearm maker, said Tuesday that it would move all of its U.S. manufacturing activities from Prince George's County to Tennessee in response to the gun control law the Maryland General Assembly passed...
  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail opens for business

    Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail opens for business
    Two years ago, Baltimore rolled out the red carpet, and then some, for the War of 1812 bicentennial celebration, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors to commemorate what some have called the second war for American independence. This year, they'll be...
  • Top-raising candidates in District 12 drew from businesses, PACs

    Top-raising candidates in District 12 drew from businesses, PACs
    With all three of their delegates retiring, residents of District 12 – which stretches from Columbia to Catonsville, Arbutus and Halethorpe in southwest Baltimore County – will choose three newcomers to the State House in the November...
  • Questions for the candidates [Editorial]

    Questions for the candidates  [Editorial]
    With just three weeks to go until Maryland's gubernatorial primaries, the next few days will offer voters the last chance to see or hear each party's candidates on the same stage at the same time. Democrats will hold their third televised debate (and...
  • Henson goes negative in campaign against McFadden

    Henson goes negative in campaign against McFadden
    If folks were waiting for Julius Henson's campaign for state Senate to go negative, they didn't have to wait long. Within days of a city judge's clearing the way for Henson to run in East Baltimore's 45th District, the longtime political consultant...
  • In governor's race, Dems still have a lock on Md. politics [Letter]

    In governor's race, Dems still have a lock on Md. politics [Letter]
    You've got to be kidding about Anthony Brown being our next governor. Are we that stupid? ("With money to spend, candidates for governor likely to launch ad blitz," May 28). The election will take place soon. We are about to have a coronation whether we...
  • The triumph of fairness [Editorial]

    The triumph of fairness  [Editorial]
    Two years ago, Republican Del. Neil Parrott and MdPetitions.com had become so adept at petitioning Maryland laws to referendum that some Democrats, Gov. Martin O'Malley included, urged the General Assembly to make it tougher to do. How foolish that...
  • Conservation group targets Prince George's senator

    Conservation group targets Prince George's senator
    A leading Maryland environmental group has taken the unusual step of publicly committing $40,000 to the defeat of a Prince George's County senator it sees as being too pale a shade of green. The Maryland League of Conservation Voters announced it...
  • Attorney general questions legality of Harford's lodging tax provision in state budget

    Attorney general questions legality of Harford's lodging tax provision in state budget
    Aberdeen's long-awaited approval for a lodging, or hotel room, tax may have hit another snag, as Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler has raised a question about the legality of the General Assembly's action in granting Harford County authority to...
  • O'Malley's March to open for Irish rock band in Baltimore on Saturday

    O'Malley's March to open for Irish rock band in Baltimore on Saturday
    Gov. Martin O'Malley's band will open for one of the nation's best-known and most political Celtic rock bands Saturday in Baltimore, the governor's political action committee has announced. O'Malley's March will play at what is billed as the last...