kids encyclopedia robot

Martin O'Malley facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids

Martin O'Malley
Governor O'Malley Portrait.jpg
61st Governor of Maryland
In office
January 17, 2007 – January 21, 2015
Lieutenant Anthony Brown
Preceded by Bob Ehrlich
Succeeded by Larry Hogan
47th Mayor of Baltimore
In office
December 7, 1999 – January 17, 2007
Preceded by Kurt Schmoke
Succeeded by Sheila Dixon
Baltimore City Councilor
from the 3rd District
In office
Personal details
Martin Joseph O'Malley

January 18, 1963 (1963-01-18) (age 58)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Katie Curran (m. 1990)
Alma mater The Catholic University of America (B.A.)
University of Maryland (J.D.)
Profession Attorney

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. He suspended his campaign on February 1, 2016 after poor polling numbers and poor polling in the Iowa caucuses.

Early life

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)

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

O'Malley is a Roman Catholic. He married Katie Curran in 1990. They have four children. O'Malley is an avid guitarist.

2016 presidential campaign

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.

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.

Images for kids

kids search engine
Martin O'Malley Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.