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Martin O'Malley is Commencement Speaker
Friday, May 16, 2008
WYE MILLS Governor Martin O´Malley will speak at Chesapeake College´s 2008 Commencement on Wednesday, May 21 at 6 p.m. in the Rufus M. and Loraine Hall Todd Performing Arts Center.
Elected Mayor of Baltimore at the age of 36, Martin O´Malley was called one of the five best mayors in the nation by Time magazine. The accolades have continued since his election in 2006 as the 61st Governor of Maryland. The Baltimore Sun credited his administration with accomplishing more in one year than some accomplish in four, and the Washington Post labeled him a "governor unafraid of government."
Born to parents Tom and Barbara O´Malley, the future governor spent his childhood in Bethesda and Rockville absorbing an appreciation for the importance of public service and political leadership. These ideals were reinforced during his time at Gonzaga College High School, where he was a member of the renowned Eagle program and provided assistance and services to the residents of the impoverished local neighborhood. O´Malley graduated from Catholic University where he joined the Gary Hart for President Campaign and the University of Maryland School of Law. He later served as an Assistant State´s Attorney in Baltimore, narrowly lost a bid for the Maryland State Senate, and served two terms in the Baltimore City Council, where he chaired the Legislative Investigations and Taxation & Finance committees.
O´Malley was twice elected Mayor of Baltimore, winning 91 percent of the general election vote in 1999 and 88 percent in 2004.
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