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Gov. Martin O’Malley

Senior Advisor

Gov. Martin O’Malley served the people of Maryland as governor from 2007 to 2015, and served as mayor of the city of Baltimore from 1999 until 2007. During his time as mayor, his policies helped the people of Baltimore achieve the greatest crime reduction of America’s largest cities.

Gov. O’Malley also served two terms as chair of the Democratic Governors Association, was appointed to the nation’s first-ever Council of Governors by President Obama in 2010, and was named co-chair of the Council in 2013. As a member of the National Governors Association, he spearheaded the creation of a committee on homeland security and public safety, leading the committee from 2009 until 2013.

With a balanced approach of spending cuts, regulatory reform, and modern investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure, Gov. O’Malley and his administration  delivered results for Maryland through a commitment to innovation in technology and governance:

  • Best public schools in America for an unprecedented five years in a row (Education Week)
  • One of the top states in the nation for holding down the cost of college tuition (College Board)
  • #1 in Innovation and Entrepreneurship for three years running (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
  • #1 in the nation in STEM Jobs (U.S. Chamber of Commerce).


Gov. O’Malley took a balanced approach to investing in priorities in a fiscally responsible way. Named “arguably the best manager in government” by Washington Monthly magazine, Gov. O’Malley cut more state spending than any governor in modern Maryland history—$9.7 billion in cuts over eight years. He reduced Maryland’s executive branch to its smallest per capita size since 1973, and reformed the way state government is managed, to make it more efficient and accountable. Working with the General Assembly, Gov. O’Malley strengthened Maryland’s state pension system and made it more sustainable over the long term. His fiscal stewardship has made strong progress towards eliminating the $1.7 billion structural deficit he inherited in 2007. He balanced these record cuts with targeted, modern investments in priorities like public education and infrastructure, while still lowering income tax bills for 86 percent of Marylanders. As a result, Maryland recovered 100 percent of the jobs lost during the national recession, and was one of only seven states to maintain a AAA Bond Rating through the national recession.


B.A., Catholic University of America

J.D., University of Maryland