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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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  • O'Malley raises $796K in second quarter

    O'Malley raises $796K in second quarter
    Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering a run for president, raised just over $796,000 into two federal political committees in the second quarter of the year -- continuing steady fundraising progress even as speculation about 2016 continues to center on...
  • Why Md. voters don't turn out [Letter]

    Why Md. voters don't turn out [Letter]
    I was somewhat confused by Dan Rodricks' column on the low turnout in last week's primary elections ("Excuses aside, Maryland voter turnout an embarrassment," June 25). I mean, why is he shocked at the low voter turnout? Voter apathy is a direct...
  • O'Malley's fiscal legacy [Editorial]

    O'Malley's fiscal legacy  [Editorial]
    When the three major Wall Street bond rating agencies reaffirmed Maryland's AAA rating last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley issued a news release crediting his administration's "fiscally responsible approach" to budgeting. Given the extent to which Mr. O'...
  • A temporary patch [Editorial]

    A temporary patch  [Editorial]
    In the world of highway repairs, the term "cold patch" refers to an asphalt mix that's used to temporarily fill potholes. Congress appears to be inching slowly toward its own version of a cold patch that would maintain funding for highway and transit...
  • O'Malley defends position on immigrant children and Carroll site

    O'Malley defends position on immigrant children and Carroll site
    Gov. Martin O'Malley came under fire Wednesday for advocating for thousands of children entering the U.S. illegally while simultaneously trying to wave the White House off a potential shelter in Westminster, Md. CNN and others reported that O'Malley...
  • Hopkins Hospital strike averted after O'Malley intervenes

    Hopkins Hospital strike averted after O'Malley intervenes
    A four-day strike by service workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital that had been scheduled to start Friday was averted after Gov. Martin O'Malley asked both sides to take a one-week cooling-off period. The 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East labor...
  • Primary voter turnout in Harford below 25 percent; a few races remain close

    Primary voter turnout in Harford below 25 percent; a few races remain close
    Harford County joined the rest of the state in having one of the most dismal voter turnouts in recent memory, with fewer than a quarter of the area's registered voters making it to the polls for Tuesday's primary election. Harford's election board...
  • Highest gas prices since 2008 expected for July 4th weekend

    Highest gas prices since 2008 expected for July 4th weekend
    With gas prices on the rise again, West Baltimore resident Coralee Penner says she may sell the "gas-guzzling" Hummer H3 she's driven since 2007. Penner said she's considering replacing her SUV with a more compact car to save on gas. In the meantime,...
  • Howard County Times' picks for the governor's race in the primary election [Endorsements]

    Howard County Times' picks for the governor's race in the primary election [Endorsements]
    While the field of candidates in many state and local races is thin, there is no shortage of people running to replace Gov. Martin O'Malley, who isn't eligible to run for re-election. Six Democrats and four Republicans are angling for the state chief...
  • Gansler rips O'Malley-Brown record in radio debate

    Gansler rips O'Malley-Brown record in radio debate
    Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler ripped into the record of Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown as the Democratic candidates for governor held their third and final debate Thursday on a Baltimore radio station. Gansler blamed O'Malley...
  • 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...
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital workers to begin negotiations again

    Johns Hopkins Hospital workers to begin negotiations again
    Service workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital will begin a new round of negotiations with the medical institution Tuesday, several days after a strike was averted when Gov. Martin O'Malley asked both sides to take a one-week cooling-off period. The 1199...