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Born in 1963, Martin was raised in Bethesda and Rockville, Maryland, the eldest son in a family of six children. His ebullient spirit was evident early on as he developed what would be lifetime passions for history, Irish culture and music.
In 1986, Barbara Mikulski named Martin as her state field director for her successful primary and general campaigns. The campaign was historic in that Mikulski became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from the Old Line State and one of the first women elected to the U.S. Senate. Later he served as a legislative fellow in Senator Mikulski’s office, where he focused on obtaining federal funding for projects in the State of Maryland.
Martin has also managed to achieve national prominence as a leading voice for homeland security for the nation’s cities. Since 2003, he has chaired the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Homeland Security Task Force. In 2004, O’Malley was asked to address a primetime national audience at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. O’Malley used the opportunity to bring attention to the crises facing our nation’s cities in addressing homeland security needs to defend against terrorism. “Sadly and unforgivably almost three years after that fateful day when thousands of moms and dads, sons and daughters didn’t come from work on September 11th, America’s cities and towns, America’s ports and borders and America’s heartland remain needlessly vulnerable.”
In 2004, O’Malley was elected to a second term as Mayor of Baltimore receiving 88% of the vote.
In addition to his duties as Mayor, Martin O’Malley is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, the Maryland African American Museum Corporation and the Maryland Municipal League. O’Malley is a Member of the Board of Visitors for the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical System; a Co-Chair of the Task Force on Federal-Local Law Enforcement and a Member of the Advisory Board for the U.S. Conference of Mayors; and the Chair of the International Task Force for the National League of Cities.
Among the honors Martin O’Malley and his Administration have received include: the Urban Innovation Award from Manhattan Institute for Policy Research; the Innovations in American Government from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; the Award for Public Service, from the Center for Irish Program of Boston College; the National Award for Local Arts Leadership from the U.S. Conference of Mayors; the National Association of Counties’ Multicultural Diversity Award for extraordinary outreach to ethnic communities; O’Malley received an honorary degree from Villa Julie College; in 2002 Esquire Magazine named Martin “The Best Young Mayor in the Country” and in 2005 Time Magazine named him one of America’s “Top 5 Big City Mayors.” In August 2005, Business Week listed O’Malley as one of “Five Fresh Faces” to lead the Democratic Party.
Martin and his wife Katie, a District Court Judge, live in Northeast Baltimore with their daughters, Grace and Tara, and sons William and Jack. They are members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
In 1988 Judge Catherine Curran O’Malley (Katie) began her career in Law as a clerk in the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. She attended Law school in the evenings at the University of Baltimore.
Work and school took up most of her days until 1990 when she married Martin O’Malley, who is currently the Mayor of Baltimore City. In 1991 she and Martin had their first child, Grace, while Katie was finishing up her last semester of law school.
After graduating from law school and passing the bar exam, her boss promoted her to a position as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore County. She remained a prosecutor for ten more years.
Before her appointment to her current position as an Associate Judge of the District Court of Baltimore City, Judge O’Malley served on many boards and committees. She served on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Bar, the House of Ruth, The Caroline Center, and the Baltimore Zoo. She is currently a member of the Baltimore City Bar Association.
Anthony G. Brown
Anthony Brown has lived his whole life in service to others, committed to fighting for Maryland’s families in the General Assembly and for America as a soldier. Once called a “new face with old-fashioned values,” Anthony will bring those same values – service, hard work and a commitment to family – with him as Maryland’s next Lieutenant Governor. He is committed to fighting for the future of Maryland and helping restore leadership that works for the families of our state. Together, he and Martin O’Malley will make Maryland the strongest state in the nation.
These values led Anthony to Harvard, where he joined the Army ROTC program. After graduating with academic honors and as a distinguished military graduate, Anthony served on active duty as a helicopter pilot with the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division in Europe, where he graduated first in his U.S. Army flight school class at Ft. Rucker.
After completing a tour of active duty in 1989, Anthony entered Harvard Law School. Upon graduation, Anthony took up the practice of law. It was during these years as a young lawyer when Anthony honed his skills as an advocate and continued his commitment to service, earning the 1999 Pro Bono Award for his service to indigent clients.
In 2005, Anthony again proudly answered his country’s call to duty, and was deployed as a reservist to Iraq as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In Fallujah, Kirkuk and Basra, Anthony worked with local and military officials to deliver humanitarian assistance and rebuild a war-torn Iraq. In recognition of his distinguished service Anthony has earned the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and Iraq Campaign Medal.
Anthony’s experiences in Iraq taught him lasting lessons that inform his approach to public service. He has seen first hand the courage and candor it takes to stand up to the powers that be, and draw a line in the sand in defense of freedom and democracy. He gained a greater appreciation for the incredible sacrifices that normal, everyday people are willing make in order to see that our children grown up in a better world than the one we grew up in. And, he knows that people all over the world are fundamentally the same… whether they live in Lanham, Aberdeen, Baghdad or Basra.
Anthony also works to serve his community as a member of the Board of Directors for Adoptions Together, Inc, where he has devoted his energies to reform Maryland’s foster care and adoption laws because he knows that in order to have a stronger Maryland, we need stronger families. Anthony also serves on the Board of Directors for the Law Foundation of Prince George’s County, which is committed to providing legal services to those who are least able to afford those services.
Anthony’s numerous other awards include: Disabled American Veterans Service Award, 2006; National Conference of State Legislators’ Medal of Civic Honor, 2005; Prince George’s County Educators’ Association 2005 Distinguished Community Service Award; Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) 2005 Light for Children Award; Maryland Justice Coalition 2004 Leadership Award; Maryland Social Services Administration 2003 Adoption Visionary Award; and Maryland State Medical Society 2003 Legislator of the Year Award.
|Maryland is divided into 23 counties. Most of the counties are governed by commissioners elected to 4-year terms. Several have an elected county executive. The city of Baltimore is not part of any county and is governed by a mayor and a city council.|
|The Maryland General Assembly meets in Annapolis each year for 90 days to act on more than 2,300 bills including the State's budget. The General Assembly has 47 Senators and 141 Delegates.|