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Martin O'Malley
Martin O'Malley2.jpg
Governor of Maryland
Former officeholder
In office
January 17, 2007 - January 21, 2015
PredecessorRobert L. Ehrlich, Jr.
Co-chair, Council of Governors
Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association
Base salary$150,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalIneligible due to term limits
Campaign $$23,280,223
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
Mayor of Baltimore
December 7, 1999 – January 17, 2007
High schoolGonzaga College High School
Bachelor'sCatholic University of America (1985)
J.D.University of Maryland School of Law (1988)
Date of birthJanuary 18, 1963
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Office website
Campaign website
Martin Joseph O'Malley (b. January 18, 1963, in Washington, D.C.) is the former Democratic Governor of Maryland. He first won election in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010, fending off his own predecessor, Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R) who was running for another term. O'Malley won by a 15.6 percent margin. He is considered a possible presidential candidate in 2016.

O'Malley's second term expired in January of 2015, and he was ineligible to run again for governor due to term limits. He endorsed Anthony Brown, the former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, with whom he shared a winning ticket in both 2006 and 2010, as his successor in the 2014 election. Brown was defeated by Larry Hogan (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Before becoming governor, O'Malley served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007.[1]

In addition to his official responsibilities as Maryland's chief executive official, O'Malley was co-chair of the Council of Governors. First appointed to the Council in 2010, O'Malley was named the Democratic co-chair of the 10-governor panel by President Barack Obama on February 25, 2013.[2] Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is the Republican co-chair. O'Malley also served two one-year terms as head of the Democratic Governors Association, having last been elected to the post in 2012.[3] Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin was elected DGA chairman for 2013.


O'Malley is a native of Washington, D.C. He attended Gonzaga College High School and went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Catholic University of America.

In 1986, one year after he graduated from college, O'Malley took his first job in politics as a state field director for then-Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski's campaign for U.S. Senate. Following her election, O'Malley served as a legislative fellow for the Senator from 1987-1988. During that time, O'Malley was in law school at the University of Maryland. He graduated with his J.D. in 1988.

O'Malley went on the become the assistant state's attorney for Baltimore. He served on the Baltimore City Council from 1991 to 1999. Elected mayor of Baltimore in 1999, O'Malley served in this position for seven years until his election as Maryland Governor in 2006.[4]


  • Gonzaga College High School
  • B.A. - The Catholic University of America (1985)
  • J.D. - The University of Maryland School of Law (1988)

Political career

Governor of Maryland (2007-2015)

O'Malley was first elected governor in 2006, and took office on January 17, 2006. He was re-elected, again alongside lieutenant gubernatorial running mate Anthony G. Brown, on November 2, 2010. In 2012, O'Malley was elected to a second term as head of the Democratic Governors Association.[5]

O'Malley served as co-chairman of the Council of Governors, a group of five Republican and five Democratic governors assembled for the purpose of liaising with federal government officials about National Guard and homeland security issues. He was first appointed to the council in 2010 and then named its Democratic co-chair by President Barack Obama on February 21, 2013.[6] The Republican co-chair was Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.


Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")

In December, 2012, O'Malley declined to enter Maryland into the federal health-exchange system established under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare," in favor of setting up a state-based system.[7] Maryland is one of 18 states - including Colorado, New York, New Mexico and Washington - that decided to create and run individual health-exchange systems by the December 14, 2012 deadline. The exchange is an online marketplace for citizens to purchase health insurance.[8][9]

Gun control

In January 2013, O'Malley called for a ban on military-style assault weapons, limits to large ammunition capacity and handgun licensing requirements.[10] On January 18, 2013, Gov. O'Malley (D) detailed his gun-control package, calling it his top legislative priority. Noted to be one of the most aggressive in the country, the plan would make it illegal for residents under 21 to purchase or own registered firearms or ammunition and require people who move to Maryland to register guns purchased in other states.[11]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, O'Malley was ranked number 17. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[12][13]

Public Officials of the Year Award (2009)

In 2009, Governing magazine named O'Malley as one of eight "Public Officials of the Year" for his "data-driven approach to policy and administration."[14] Other honorees included Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, and Minnesota Representative Phyllis Kahn. Each year since 1994, Governing has selected a handful of state and local officials to honor for standout job performance. The Public Officials of the Year program "recognizes leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service."[15]

Repeal of death penalty

On May 2, 2013, O'Malley signed a bill to abolish the death penalty in Maryland, making it the 18th state to do so. It was a significant victory for O'Malley, who had long opposed capital punishment. "It's wasteful. It's ineffective. It doesn't work to reduce violent crime," he stated.[16]

Mayor of Baltimore (1999-2007)

O'Malley announced his campaign for Mayor of Baltimore in 1999. He won the Democratic primary with over 50 percent of the vote. He was then elected Mayor of Baltimore in the general election with over 90 percent of the vote.[17] In 2004, O'Malley was re-elected in the general election with 88 percent of the vote, defeating Republican challenger Elbert (Ray) Henderson.

On The Issues Vote Match

Martin O`Malley's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, O`Malley is a Moderate Liberal Populist. O`Malley received a score of 48 percent on social issues and 27 percent on economic issues.[18]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[19]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Neutral
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[18] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.




See also: Martin O'Malley possible presidential campaign, 2016 and Presidential election, 2016

O'Malley is considered a possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2016. On January 8, 2015, O'Malley said, "I’m very seriously considering running in 2016. Right now, my primary responsibility is to move my family back to Baltimore, which I will do in another week. So I’m going to be taking some time over the next couple of months to get my family situated."[20] Seventeen presidents have also served as governors.[21]


See also: Maryland state executive official elections, 2014

O'Malley was ineligible to run for re-election as governor in 2014 due to term limits.


See also: Maryland lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

O'Malley won re-election as Maryland Governor in 2010 on a ticket with Anthony G. Brown. They defeated Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr./Mary Kane (R), Maria Allwine/Ken Eidel (G), Susan J. Gaztanaga/Doug McNeil (L), and Eric Delano Knowles/Michael T. Hargadon (C).

Maryland Gubernatorial/Lieutenant Gubernatorial General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMartin O'Malley/Anthony G. Brown Incumbent 56.2% 1,044,961
     Republican Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr./Mary Kane 41.8% 776,319
     Libertarian Susan J. Gaztanaga/Doug McNeil 0.8% 14,137
     Green Maria Allwine/Ken Eidel 0.6% 11,825
     Constitution Eric Delano Knowles/Michael T. Hargadon 0.5% 8,612
     Democratic Ralph Jaffe (Write-In) 0% 319
     Unaffiliated Corrogan R. Vaughan/Jim Crawford 0% 179
     Other Write-Ins Various 0.1% 1,528
Total Votes 1,857,880
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections


O'Malley first won election as Governor of Maryland in 2006. He was nominated by the Democratic Party to challenge incumbent Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich in the November 2006 election. O'Malley selected Anthony G. Brown, Delegate from Prince George's County, lawyer and Iraq War veteran, as his running mate. O'Malley was expected to face Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan in the Democratic primary. However, Duncan dropped out of the race on June 22, 2006, citing clinical depression.

O'Malley defeated incumbent Gov. Ehrlich in the November 7, 2006, gubernatorial election by a 6.5 percent margin.[22] He was the only candidate to defeat a sitting governor in 2006.

Maryland Gubernatorial/Lieutenant Gubernatorial General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMartin O'Malley/Anthony G. Brown 52.7% 942,279
     Republican Ehrlich/Cox Incumbent 46.2% 825,464
     Green Boyd/Madigan 0.9% 15,551
     Populist Driscoll/Rothstein 0.2% 3,481
     Republican Simmins/Hargadon (Write-In) 0% 258
     Democratic Ralph Jaffe (Write-In) 0% 16
     Democratic Smith/Wilkes (Write-In) 0% 61
     Other Write-Ins Various 0.1% 1,206
Total Votes 1,788,316
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for O'Malley is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, O'Malley raised a total of $23,280,223 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[23]

Martin O'Malley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Maryland Not up for election $185,613
2010 Governor of Maryland Won $9,521,956
2008 Governor of Maryland Not up for election $1,547,450
2006 Governor of Maryland Won $12,025,204
Grand Total Raised $23,280,223
*These amounts represent a joint ticket with the lieutenant governor.

2006 and 2010

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See also

External links


  1. Maryland Governor, "Biography," accessed September 15, 2012
  2. WBAL, "President Obama Appoints Governor O'Malley To New Position," February 25, 2013
  3. Washington Post, "Md. Gov. O’Malley re-elected as head of Democratic governors," December 6, 2011
  4. National Governors Association, "Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley," accessed October 5, 2012
  5. Washington Post, "Md. Gov. O’Malley re-elected as head of Democratic governors," December 6, 2011
  6. WBAL, "President Obama Appoints Governor O'Malley To New Position," February 25, 2013
  7. The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
  8. The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
  9. The Daily Times, "Governor Susana Martinez to tackle state-based health exchange," January 9, 2013
  10. USA Today, "Where each state stands on gun-control legislation," January 14, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Maryland gun control: O’Malley details proposal for new restrictions," January 18, 2013
  12. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  13. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  14. Jonathan Walters, Governing, "Driven by Data," 2009
  15. Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012
  16. USA Today, "Governor signs repeal of death penalty in Md.," May 2, 2013
  17. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Baltimore City Election Result Summary," accessed November 19, 2003
  18. 18.0 18.1 On The Issues, "Martin O`Malley Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  19. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  20., "Maryland’s Martin O’Malley ‘very seriously’ considering 2016 bid," accessed February 4, 2015
  21. Center on the American Governor, "The Governors Who Became President: Brief Biographies," accessed October 30, 2013
  22. Maryland State Board of Elections
  23. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Martin O'Malley," accessed July 11, 2013
  24. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R)
Maryland Governor
January 17, 2007 - January 21, 2015
Succeeded by
Larry Hogan (R)