-- Age: 53
-- Born: Rockville, Md.
-- Work: Former Maryland governor
-- College: Catholic University of America, University of Maryland School of Law
-- Website: martinomalley.com
The former Maryland governor is virtually a lifelong resident of his home state. O’Malley grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., in Rockville, Maryland, and attended college in the District, at Catholic University of America, before attending law school at the University of Maryland, in downtown Baltimore.
O’Malley pursued a career in politics while still in law school, working for Barbara Mikulski, a Democratic U.S. representative in her campaign for the Senate.
He became an assistant state’s attorney for the city of Baltimore in 1988, when he graduated from law school. He made his first bid for public office in 1990, running unsuccessfully for a seat in the Maryland Senate.
In 1991, he was elected to the Baltimore City Council. In 1999, he ran for mayor of Baltimore, winning a Democratic primary in which he was the only Caucasian candidate, seeking to govern a city with a majority African-American population. He was re-elected mayor in 2003. In 2006, he was elected governor of Maryland and was re-elected in 2010.
He and his wife, Katie, met in law school in 1986 and married in 1990. They have four children — Grace, Tara, William and Jack.