Martin O'Malley

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Martin O'Malley
O'Malley in 2023
Commissioner of the Social Security Administration
Assuming office
PresidentJoe Biden
SucceedingKilolo Kijakazi (acting)
61st Governor of Maryland
In office
January 17, 2007 – January 21, 2015
LieutenantAnthony Brown
Preceded byBob Ehrlich
Succeeded byLarry Hogan
48th Mayor of Baltimore
In office
December 7, 1999 – January 17, 2007
Preceded byKurt Schmoke
Succeeded bySheila Dixon
Member of the Baltimore City Council
from the 3rd district
In office
Preceded byMulti-member district
Succeeded byMulti-member district
Personal details
Martin Joseph O'Malley

(1963-01-18) January 18, 1963 (age 60)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Katie Curran (m. 1990)
EducationCatholic University (BA)
University of Maryland, Baltimore (JD)

Martin O'Malley (born January 18, 1963) is an American politician. He was the Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015. O'Malley was once a City Councilman and the Mayor of Baltimore. He is a member of the Democratic party. When he was governor, he passed laws legalizing same-sex marriage, saw violent crimes drop by 40%, and worked on immigration issues.

O'Malley publicly announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on May 30, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland, and filed his candidacy form seeking the Democratic Party nomination with the Federal Election Commission on May 29, 2015.[1][2] He suspended his campaign on February 1, 2016 after poor polling numbers and poor polling in the Iowa caucuses.

Early life[change | change source]

O'Malley was born in Washington, D.C. to Barbara (née Suelzer) and Thomas Martin O'Malley. He studied at The Catholic University of America and at the University of Maryland.

Governor of Maryland[change | change source]

O'Malley in Baltimore, announcing his campaign for governor.

O'Malley decided not to run for governor in 2002 after political issues. In 2005 after much rumours, O'Malley announced his run for governor. He won the election. He was re-elected in a landslide in 2010.

As Governor, in 2011 he signed a law that would make certain undocumented immigrants eligible for in-state college tuition on condition; and in 2012, he signed a law to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. Each law was challenged to a voter referendum in the 2012 general election and upheld by a majority of the voting public.

2016 presidential campaign[change | change source]

O'Malley publicly expressed interest in a presidential run in 2016 on multiple occasions. At a press conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at a National Governors Association meeting in August 2013, O'Malley stated he was laying "the framework" for his campaign.

After months of consideration, O'Malley indicated on Twitter that he would announce his candidacy on May 30, 2015, at Baltimore’s Federal Hill Park.[3]

On May 30, O'Malley formally announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential nomination. He dropped out of the race on February 1, 2016 after poor polling numbers.[4]

Later career[change | change source]

Since his presidential campaign, he has lectured at Georgetown University and Boston College Law School, and written two books about the use of technology in government.

In July 2023, President Joe Biden announced he would nominate O'Malley to lead the Social Security Administration, which is headquartered in the suburbs west of Baltimore.[5]

Personal life[change | change source]

O'Malley is a Roman Catholic. He married Katie Curran, the daughter of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., in 1990. They have four children. O'Malley is an avid guitarist.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Federal Election Comission". Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  2. Jackson, David; Cooper, Allen (May 30, 2015). "Martin O'Malley jumps into presidential race". USA Today. Retrieved May 30, 2015.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. Topaz, Jonathan (May 19, 2015). "O'Malley announces 2016 launch details". Politico. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  4. "Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley ends 2016 presidential bid". Washington Post. 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  5. Stein, Jeff; Cox, Erin (26 July 2023). "Biden picks Martin O'Malley to lead Social Security Administration". Washington Post. Retrieved 26 July 2023.

Other websites[change | change source]

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