Martin O’Malley is Governor of the State of Maryland. First elected in 2006, he was re-elected in 2010 with 56 percent of the vote. In 2009, Governing Magazine
named O’Malley “Public Official of the Year.” Washington Monthly Magazine
recently called him “arguably the best manager in government.”
The Governor’s job creation initiatives have helped establish and maintain Maryland’s place as a global leader in biotechnology, clean energy, cyber security, information technology, aerospace, trade, and advanced manufacturing. Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks Maryland #1 in the nation for entrepreneurship and innovation, and among the top five states for economic performance. Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, Maryland’s public school system has also been ranked #1 in America for four years in a row and Maryland elementary and middle school students have achieved their highest scores ever on state tests. In addition, College Board says that since 2007, Maryland has done more than any other state in the nation to hold down the cost of college.
Governor O’Malley has cut more state spending than any previous Governor in Maryland’s history, while reducing the size of state government, reforming and saving Maryland’s state pension system, and nearly eliminating Maryland’s structural deficit (which stood at nearly $2 billion when Governor O’Malley took office) — all while making record investments in public education.
Governor O’Malley’s administration has invested more than $2 billion in school construction and renovation — a record in Maryland. Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch Ratings have all certified the State’s Triple A Bond Rating, making Maryland one of only 8 states to earn this seal of fiscal responsibility. Marylanders have the 3rd lowest state and local tax burden as a share of income in the nation.
Prior to serving as Governor, O’Malley served as Mayor of the City of Baltimore. Between 1999 and 2009 his policies helped the people of Baltimore achieve the greatest crime reduction of America’s largest cities. During his time as Mayor, O’Malley worked with the city’s citizens and public servants to make it a cleaner, more beautiful city where people want to live and businesses want to invest. He served on the Baltimore City Council from 1991 to 1999. 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 O’Malley, 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.