16 Things to Know About....Martin O'Malley
1. He signed legislation to raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2018.
2. O’Malley values the use of data and used statistics-based programs while in office. Some of the programs he implemented include CitiStat, BayStat and StateStat which were used to improve services and organization across Baltimore.
3. He lost his first bid for office for State Senate in 1990 by a narrow margin of just 44 votes to incumbent Sen. John Pica.
4. O’Malley and his wife have been married for over 25 years. Katie O’Malley is a Baltimore City District Court judge.
5. He appeared as himself in the firefighter thriller “Ladder 49” in 2004.
6. David Simon, creator of the “The Wire,” has said the character from the series, Tommy Carcetti, is based somewhat on O’Malley.
7. O’Malley served two terms as the mayor of Baltimore before becoming governor of Maryland.
8. He grew up outside of Washington D.C. in the Maryland suburbs Bethesda and Rockville.
9. His mother, Barbara O’Malley, worked as a receptionist on Capitol Hill for retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md).
10. O’Malley is a practicing Catholic. He states that his religious devotion informs his decisions on his stance with public policy.
11. He endorsed Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
12. In addition to singing, he plays guitar and banjo for the Celtic rock band “O’Malley’s March.” He started the band in high school.
13. As a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, O’Malley chaired a task force on violent extremism.
14. O’Malley believes that the decision to have an abortion should be between a woman and her doctor with no government restriction. He also supports stem cell research.
15. He directed the initiative allowing casinos Maryland.
16. O’Malley supports same-sex marriage. As governor of Maryland, he signed The Civil Marriage Protection Act allowing same-sex couples to marry in Maryland.
Photo: Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley takes the stage at the 2014 Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame [Flickr / Gregory Hauenstein].