Martin O’Malley served as Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015.
Under his leadership, Maryland recovered 100 percent of the jobs lost during the national recession and was one of seven states to maintain a AAA bond rating. The College Board organization named Maryland one of the top states in the nation in holding down the cost of college tuition, and Education Week recognized Maryland as having the best public schools in America for an unprecedented five years in a row. He also took action to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He worked to uplift the dignity of all Marylanders by signing marriage equality into law and passing the DREAM Act to expand the opportunity of a college education to more Marylanders. During his tenure as governor, O’Malley also abolished Maryland’s death penalty.
Prior to serving as governor, O’Malley served two terms as the mayor of Baltimore, where TIME named him “one of American’s top five big city mayors.” He also served two terms as Chair of the Democratic Governors Association.
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.