He was a strong advocate for reducing property taxes to encourage businesses to return to Baltimore.In 1999 at the age of 36 he was elected Mayor of Baltimore after winning three-way Democratic primary with over 50% of the vote and then receiving 91% of the vote in the general election.In 1991, O’Malley was elected to a seat on Baltimore City Council to represent the 3 district.During his time as councilman O’Malley concentrated on housing and public safety issues and served as Chairman of the Legislative Investigations Committee and Chairman of the Taxation and Finance Committee.At a young age he is said to have developed a passions for history, Irish culture and music.While in college he got his first taste of politics when he signed on to the Gary Hart President Campaign. That same year he began dating his current wife, Catherine Curran, the daughter of the State’s Attorney General.Born in 1963, Martin O’Malley was raised in Bethesda and Rockville, Maryland.
Looking back at his time working in the campaign, O’Malley reflected, “Hart turned me on to the fact that one person can make a difference.” Martin O’Malley went on to study law at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, earning his J. His first foray into public office was in 1990 when he ran for the Maryland State Senate.
Despite leading by 5 votes the morning after election day, he was defeated by 44 votes after the absentee ballots were totaled.