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Martin O’Malley is serving the people of Maryland in his second term as Governor. Since 2007, his Administration has been delivering results for Maryland families by choosing to do the things that work to create jobs, expand opportunity, and make Maryland a safer, healthier place.

A former Governing Magazine “Public Official of the Year,” Governor O’Malley was re-elected in 2010. His 2013 legislative successes were described in a Baltimore Sun editorial as “without many parallels in recent Maryland history.”

With a balanced approach of spending cuts, regulatory reform, and modern investment in education, innovation, and infrastructure, Governor O’Malley and his Administration are making better choices that are delivering better results, including:
-The fastest rate of job growth in the region.
-The #1 ranking for best public schools in America for an unprecedented five years in a row. (Education Week)
-The #1 ranking for holding down the cost of college tuition. (College Board)
-The #1 ranking for innovation and entrepreneurship for two years running. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Under the Governor’s leadership, Maryland ranks #1 nationally in median income, #1 in PHD scientists and researchers per capita, #1 in Research and Development, and #1 in businesses owned by women. The Milken Institute ranks Maryland as one of the top 2 states in America for science and technology.

Maryland is one of only a handful of states to earn an AAA Bond Rating, certified by all three major rating agencies.

Called “arguably the best manager in government” by Washington Monthly magazine,

Governor O’Malley has cut more state spending than any previous Governor in Maryland’s history, balancing these record cuts with targeted, modern investments in priorities like public education. He has reduced the size of government to its smallest size since 1973 (on a per capita basis) and reformed the way it is managed, to make it work more efficiently and accountably. His actions to save Maryland’s state pension system have made it sustainable over the long term. His fiscal stewardship has nearly eliminated Maryland’s structural deficit. His efforts to streamline, consolidate and digitize things like business licensing are making Maryland a better place to do business.

Governor O’Malley’s StateStat initiative – modeled after the CitiStat initiative he created in the City of Baltimore – is widely cited as a model for government efficiency and effectiveness.

Teaming with the men and women of Maryland law enforcement, the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s crime fighting initiatives have driven down violent crime and homicide to three decade lows. The Administration’s homeland security strategies have turned around security at the Port of Baltimore.

The O’Malley-Brown Administration has expanded health care to more than 380,000 previously uninsured Marylanders. It has driven down infant mortality to an historic low and provided meals to thousands of hungry children as it moves forward toward its goal for eradicating childhood hunger.

The Governor’s policies have been credited with restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay and saving the Bay’s native Blue Crab and Oyster populations.

The O’Malley Administration has secured millions of dollars in rate relief for Maryland energy consumers while jumpstarting the creation of thousands of green energy sector jobs. Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, Maryland led the charge for RGGI, the nation’s first cap-and-trade auction of greenhouse emissions.

Governor O’Malley has cut income taxes for 86% of Marylanders and reformed Maryland’s tax code to make it more progressive. In addition, he has signed the nation’s first statewide living wage law, along with some of the nation’s most comprehensive reforms to protect homeowners from foreclosure.

Declaring that Marylanders are bound together by “the common thread of human dignity,” Governor O’Malley has signed legislation to protect individual civil marriage rights and religious freedom, along with legislation to protect voting rights. He signed – and successfully defended at the ballot box – the DREAM Act, which expands the opportunity of a college education to more Marylanders.

Prior to serving as Governor, O’Malley served as Mayor of the City of Baltimore, where he was recognized by Esquire magazine as “the best young mayor in the country” and by Time magazine as one of America’s “Top 5 Big City Mayors.” First elected in 1999, he was re-elected in
2003, receiving 87 percent of the vote. Between 1999 and 2009 his policies helped the people of Baltimore achieve the greatest crime reduction of America’s largest cities.

Governor O’Malley received his bachelor’s degree from Catholic University and his law degree from the University of Maryland. In 1986, while in law school, he was named by then-Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski as state field director for her successful primary and general election campaigns for the U.S. Senate. From 1987 to 1988 he served as a legislative fellow for Senator Mikulski, where he focused on obtaining federal funding for projects in Maryland. In 1988, O’Malley was appointed assistant state’s attorney for the city of Baltimore. He served on the Baltimore City Council from 1991 to 1999, during which time he was chairman of the Legislative Investigations and Taxation and Finance Committees.

Governor O’Malley served two terms as Chair of the Democratic Governors Association. He currently serves as the organization’s Finance Chair. In addition, he serves as Co-Chair for the National Governors Association Special Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. He was appointed to the nation’s first-ever Council of Governors by President Obama in 2010 and was named co-chair of the council in 2013.

Martin and his wife, Katie, a District Court judge, have two daughters, Grace and Tara, and two sons, William and Jack. They are members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Entries by Gov. Martin O'Malley

Back to School and Winning the Future

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 3:15 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 | 2:55 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 | 6:39 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 | 4:23 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 | 4:26 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 | 3:19 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 | 8:40 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 | 1:30 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 | 8:43 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 | 8:56 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 | 12:45 PM

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 | 3:34 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 | 2:42 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 | 10:54 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 | 4:55 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 | 1:24 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 | 7:40 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 | 2:48 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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We Need to Invest in Infrastructure

(8) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 10:47 AM

Yesterday, joined and supported by business leaders and CEOs from across Maryland, I testified before the Maryland General Assembly on the need to invest in infrastructure today to create jobs and move forward with needed maintenance and repair projects rebuilding our roads, bridges and other transit systems.

Here's the full...

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Dignity for All: Why I Signed Same-Sex Marriage into Maryland Law

(914) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 8:39 AM

2012-03-02-marylandgaymarriage1.jpgDuring the debate in Maryland's House, I joined same-sex marriage supporters outside of the chambers who were anxiously awaiting the vote. I met two moms and their 4-year-old son Will. After standing for hours, Will was tired and seemed a bit uninterested. I...

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