October 01, 2015

Democratic Candidate Focus: Martin O'Malley


Advocate for financial reform and gun control Martin O'Malley, former governor of Maryland, announced his candidacy for President on May 30 in Baltimore. 

Born January 18, 1963 in Washington, D.C. and raised in Bethesda and Rockville, Maryland, O’Malley graduated from The Catholic University of America and earned a doctorate in law from the University of Maryland.

For an in-depth look at the candidate, see his website martinomalley.com

Starting early in politics, O’Malley served a term as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore before being elected to the city council at the age of 28. His tenure as Councilor lasted from 1991 to 1999, when he became Baltimore’s mayor. Initially considered an underdog, he built his mayoral campaign on the promise of reducing crime, improving schools and rebuilding communities, and won with nearly 90% of the vote.

Elected as Maryland’s 61st governor in 2006, during O’Malley’s two terms the state invested heavily in public safety, higher education, affordable healthcare and economic growth, while also taking action on environmental, immigration and gay rights issues. On his watch, Maryland legalized same-sex marriage, abolished the death penalty, tightened gun regulations and passed legislation raising the minimum wage.

Like Bernie Sanders, the former Maryland governor positions himself to the left of Hillary Clinton with an economic message focusing on income equality and financial reform. Significantly, he has called for the reinstatement of a version of the Glass-Steagall Act – abolished under President Bill Clinton – which prevented commercial banks from engaging in investment banking. Currently a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School, O’Malley also fronts a rock band called O’Malley’s March.