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Gov. Martin O'Malley
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Called “the best manager in government today,” Governor O’Malley has been nationally recognized for his skillful leadership of Maryland through the recession, as well as his success in implementing critical progressive priorities such as raising the minimum wage to $10.10, signing marriage equality into law, abolishing the death penalty and passing the DREAM Act to provide in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. During his two terms, O’Malley recovered 100% of the jobs lost during the recession, first and foremost by investing in education, innovation and infrastructure. Under his leadership, Education Week magazine named Maryland’s public schools #1 in the nation for an unprecedented five years in a row, the College Board listed Maryland as one of the top states in the country for holding down the cost of college, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce named Maryland #1 in innovation and entrepreneurship three years in a row. As a leader in sustainability, O’Malley expanded renewable energy, accelerated energy conservation, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and took bold action to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Prior to serving as Governor of Maryland, O’Malley served two terms as Mayor of Baltimore. Governor O’Malley received his bachelor’s degree from Catholic University and his law degree from the University of Maryland. Governor O’Malley and his wife, Katie, a District Court judge, live in Baltimore with their four children.

Entries by Gov. Martin O'Malley

Moral Leadership in Our Own Hemisphere

(21) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 4:05 PM

Last year, when tens of thousands of children traveled hundreds of miles -- risking death and starvation -- to flee violence and drug gangs in Central America, and showed up on our nation's doorstep, we faced a moral test as a country. We could either send these children back to...

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We Are Capable of More

(127) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 8:51 AM

All of us who love Baltimore have experienced a week of profound sadness and tears.

The images of these last days are now seared into our collective memory as a people -- a new senior citizen center engulfed in flames, a new drugstore burning. Small neighborhood grocery stores looted and...

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Back to School and Winning the Future

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 2:15 PM

It's back-to-school season, and here in Maryland our schools have already begun welcoming students back for the new academic year. Initial estimates show there's a good chance we'll reach a new record enrollment this year with more than 860,000 students filling our classrooms -- and we're ready for them.

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Making College More Affordable for More Families

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 1:55 PM

There have been some big, splashy headlines recently sensationalizing high-profile commencement speaker cancellations. What's gotten less attention is the fact that the value of higher education in America has reached a crossroads. Today, graduates from America's universities are faced with $1.2 trillion of crippling loan debt -- that's...

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The Power of Open Data

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 5:39 PM

I applaud this week's historic release of Medicare payment and utilization information from CMS. It reminds me of a smaller, but similar, "big data" victory from my municipal past.

When I was first elected mayor of Baltimore, one of the first things we learned was that city...

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Equal Pay Day -- Making Maryland Even Better for Women

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:23 PM

Strengthening and growing the middle class continues to be the North Star of the O'Malley-Brown administration, as it has been over the last eight years. In addition to making record investments in our No. 1 ranked public schools, and doing more than any other state since...

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Maryland Notches Another Victory for LGBT Rights

(9) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 3:26 PM

In a major victory for dignity and equality in the State of Maryland, yesterday the House of Delegates followed the Senate in passing the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014. This new law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public accommodations, housing, and employment. This was...

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Investing in Education...Creating Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 2:19 PM

The most valuable investment we can make is in our children's education. When we make education a priority, we give our children opportunity. Opportunity to learn at higher levels than their parents were able to learn; to earn at higher levels than we were able to earn.

That's why every...

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Strengthening Our Democracy by Making It Easier to Vote

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 7:40 AM

There are some rights that are so fundamental to our society that you'd think the public debate would be closed on them. The right of every American citizen to vote -- regardless of age, race, or income level -- is one of them.

It's a right that we have...

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Preparing for the Next Boston Bombing

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Over a decade after 9/11, many of our communities have become more prepared to deal with the threat of a terrorist attack or crisis situation like the Boston Marathon bombing last week. While the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts, evidently, have improved their emergency response capacities, others...

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The Things That Work to Curb Gun Violence

(805) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 7:43 AM

While different states and cities might look to different strategies for protecting public safety, we all can agree on this: we lose too many American lives to gun violence.

As a City Councilman, Mayor and now a Governor, I've attended too many line of duty funerals. I've looked into the...

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Better Choices, Better Results: Moving Maryland Towards Wind Power

(15) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 7:56 AM

Progress is a choice. Job creation is a choice. Investing in cleaner, greener technologies that allow us to strike a more sustainable balance with the other living systems of this earth, this too, is a choice.

In Maryland, we are choosing to move forward with offshore wind because it...

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A Balanced Approach Works

(8) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 11:45 AM

Governors from across the nation -- and the political spectrum -- came together this past weekend, and there was one thing we all could agree on: Congress must take action to stop the arbitrary, job-killing cuts in the "sequester" before they take effect.

We also all agree that we...

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Maryland: Leading the Way in Cyber

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 2:34 PM

With the recent attacks on Facebook and the New York Times, and now the accusations that the Chinese military is infiltrating companies in the United States to steal trade secrets and information related to our infrastructure, it's becoming clearer every day that cybersecurity is an urgent issue facing our country....

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'Plan B' Isn't a Plan at All

(46) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 1:42 PM

There are now only 12 days left for Congress to reach an agreement to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," yet Republicans are still insisting on a plan that will harm our economy and risks our ability to compete in the 21st century.

Speaker Boehner's latest gambit...

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Maryland Defends Marriage Equality

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 9:54 AM

I wanted to share this conversation I had with David Mixner following Maryland's historic defense of marriage equality at the ballot box.

EXCLUSIVE: Governor Martin O'Malley Speaks About Marriage Equality Victory In Maryland

A tired but jubilant Governor Martin O'Malley was basking in victory as he shared...
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For Question 6, Because We Love Maryland

(5) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 3:55 PM

By Michael R. Bloomberg and Martin O'Malley

Marriage equality has never been approved at the ballot box anywhere in the country. But all that could change profoundly in less than two weeks in Maryland.

Marylanders will be heading to the polls to uphold Question 6, the Civil Marriage Protection Act,...

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A Ruling to Move Us Forward

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 12:24 PM

Today's Supreme Court decision will move us forward as a state and country. We're very pleased about the ruling and wanted to share our statement:

President Obama and Congress chose to pass the Affordable Care Act because the status quo was hurting our ability to create jobs, expand opportunity, and...
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Mitt Romney's Job-less Plan

(13) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 6:40 PM

Under President Obama the private sector has now created jobs for 27 straight months. We've created more jobs in the last year than were created during the entire eight years of the Bush presidency, but the public sector has lagged, losing jobs in 16 of the last 18 months. These...

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Reversing Deforestation Is Complicated; Planting a Tree Is Simple

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 1:48 PM

Acceptance Speech for the Arbor Day Foundation Vision Award
April 28, 2012
Nebraska City, Nebraska

Thank you all very much, not only for this very kind recognition of Maryland's environmental leadership and positive choices, but thank you also for the great work of the Arbor Day Foundation. Your...

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