Martin O'Malley

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The Honorable
Martin O'Malley
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61st Governor of Maryland
In office
January 17, 2007 – January 21, 2015
LieutenantAnthony Brown
Preceded byBob Ehrlich
Succeeded byLarry Hogan
47th Mayor of Baltimore
In office
December 7, 1999 – January 17, 2007
Preceded byKurt Schmoke
Succeeded bySheila Dixon
Baltimore City Councilor
from the 3rd District
In office
1991–1999
Personal details
BornMartin Joseph O'Malley
(1963-01-18) January 18, 1963 (age 55)
Washington, D.C.[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Katie Curran (m. 1990)
Alma materThe Catholic University of America (B.A.)
University of Maryland (J.D.)
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionRoman Catholic
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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 dealt with 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.[2][3] 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 (2007-2015)[change | change source]

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.

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.

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.[4]

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.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Martin J. O'Malley, Governor of Maryland". Msa.maryland.gov. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  2. "Federal Election Comission". Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  3. Jackson, David; Cooper, Allen (May 30, 2015). "Martin O'Malley jumps into presidential race". USA Today. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  4. Topaz, Jonathan (May 19, 2015). "O'Malley announces 2016 launch details". Politico. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  5. "Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley ends 2016 presidential bid". Washington Post. 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-02-01.

Other websites[change | change source]

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