Martin O'Malley

Martin O'Malley

Former Governor of Maryland
Governor Martin O'Malley

Governor Martin O'Malley served two terms as Governor of Maryland from 2007-2015. Prior to that, he served two terms as Mayor of Baltimore. Called "the best manager in government today," Governor O'Malley has been recognized for his skillful leadership of Maryland and his success in implementing critical progressive priorities such as raising the minimum wage, signing marriage equality into law, abolishing the death penalty and passing the DREAM Act to provide in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

Under his leadership, Maryland's public schools were ranked #1 nationally for an unprecedented five years in a row. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also named Maryland #1 in entrepreneurship and innovation for three years in a row. As Mayor, he was awarded the Innovations in Government Award from the Harvard Kennedy School and in 2009, Governing Magazine named O’Malley “Public Official of the Year”. O’Malley signed Maryland on to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and also put the state on a path to cut Greenhouse Gas emissions by 25% by 2025. In 2013, O’Malley led the successful fight to ban the sale of combat assault weapons in Maryland, while also managing the state’s reduction of violent crime down to 35-year lows and incarceration rate to 20-year lows.

In 2016, O'Malley ran for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States and many of his policy proposals - on climate, public safety and immigration reform - became part of the most progressive Democratic Party platform in history.

Prior to holding office, O’Malley served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Baltimore City. He also worked on campaigns for Senator Barbara Mikulsk,i as well as Gary Hart’s 1984 presidential run. He graduated in 1985 from Catholic University of America and in 1988 from University of Maryland School of Law.

He and his wife, Judge Katie Curran O'Malley live in Baltimore and have four children.

 

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