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* [http://www.gov.state.md.us/ Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley] Official state site
* [http://www.gov.state.md.us/ Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley]
* [http://www.nga.org/cms/home/governors/current-governors/col2-content/main-content-list/martin-omalley.html National Governors Association - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley] biography
* [http://www.martinomalley.com/ O'Malley & Brown official campaign site]
* [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?si=200620&c=433067 Follow the Money - Martin O'Malley] 2006 campaign contributions
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* [http://www.ontheissues.org/Martin_O`Malley.htm On the Issues - Martin O'Malley] issue positions and quotes
* [http://www.omalleywatch.com www.omalleywatch.com] discussion on O'Malley and his follow through with promises
* [http://www.vote-smart.org/bio.php?can_id=MMD47705 Project Vote Smart - Governor Martin O'Malley (MD)] profile
* [http://www.martinomalley.com/ O'Malley & Brown] Official campaign site
* [http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml Federal Election Commission Campaign Finance Reports and Data]
* [http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml Federal Election Commission Campaign Finance Reports and Data]
* [http://www.elections.state.md.us/campaign_finance/database/index.html Maryland State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Database]
* [http://www.elections.state.md.us/campaign_finance/database/index.html Maryland State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Database]
* [http://www.friendsofomalley.org/news/106/rnwonk-n-roller Time "Wonk 'n' Roller" article reproduced on the O'Malley campaign web site]
* [http://www.friendsofomalley.org/news/106/rnwonk-n-roller Time "Wonk 'n' Roller" article reproduced on the O'Malley campaign web site]
* [http://sbe2.elections.state.md.us/past_elections/baltimore_city_summary.html elections summary: Maryland Board of Elections]
* [http://sbe2.elections.state.md.us/past_elections/baltimore_city_summary.html Elections summary: Maryland Board of Elections]

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Martin O'Malley
Martin O'Malley2.jpg
Governor of Maryland
In office
January 17, 2007 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 8
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
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 current 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. who was running for another term. O'Malley won by a 15.6% margin. He served previously as the Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and co-chair of the Council of Governors.[1] First appointed to the Council of Governors in 2010, O'Malley was named the Democratic co-chair of the 10 governor panel by President Barack Obama on February 25, 2013.[2]


O'Malley first entered politics in 1986 when he became state field director for then-Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski's campaigns for U.S. Senate. Following her election, O'Malley served as a legislative fellow for the Senator from 1987-1988.

From there O'Malley became assistant state's attorney for Baltimore in 1988 and 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.[3]


  • Gonzaga College High School
  • BA, The Catholic University of America (1985)
  • JD, The University of Maryland School of Law (1988)

Political career

Governor of Maryland (2007-Present)

O'Malley was sworn in as Governor on January 17, 2007 and won re-election in 2010. In 2012, O'Malley was elected to a second term as head of the Democratic Governors Association.[4]

O'Malley serves 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.[5] The Republican co-chair is 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.[6] Maryland is one of eighteen 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.[7][8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

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."[11] 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."[12]

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 has long opposed capital punishment. "It's wasteful. It's ineffective. It doesn't work to reduce violent crime," he stated.[13]

Mayor of Baltimore (1999-2007)

O'Malley announced his campaign for Mayor of Baltimore in 1999. He won the Democratic Primary with over 50% of the vote. He was then elected Mayor of Baltimore in the General election with over 90% of the vote.[14] In 2004, O'Malley was re-elected in the general election with 88% of the vote, defeating Republican challenger Elbert (Ray) Henderson.



See also: Maryland state executive official elections, 2014

O'Malley is 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% margin.[15] 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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.
Maryland Governor
January 17, 2007 - Present
Succeeded by