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Martin O'Malley, JD Biography

Former Governor of Maryland
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“There is a particular, fundamental flaw in our justice system that other candidates appear to lack the commitment to address — our failed reliance on the death penalty. This is a tragedy both because it is a racially biased punishment, and also ineffective in deterring crime…

Our nation’s legacy of slavery and racial injustice find continued offense in our use of the death penalty. Our death row population is more than 40% black — nearly three times the proportion of the general population.

Reforming our criminal justice system to save and redeem more lives is not as simple as changing just one thing. But we should be able to admit that we must do more of what works to save lives, and we should stop doing things that do not work.

As a prosecutor, I saw that the death penalty’s racial legacy could not be excused or explained away — and that too many innocent lives were being taken by this profoundly flawed practice.

So I decided to fight for the death penalty’s repeal.”

“Why the Death Penalty Needs to Go,”, Nov. 6, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Fellow, Institute of Politics and Public Service, Georgetown University, Aug. 2016-present
  • Chairman of Advisory Committee and Senior Fellow, MetroLab Network, Carnegie Melon University, May 5. 2016-present
  • Democratic United States Presidential Candidate, May 30, 2015-Feb. 1, 2016
  • Governor of Maryland, Jan. 17, 2007-Jan. 21, 2015
  • Member, Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, 2013-2015
  • Recipient, Betty Tyler Award, Planned Parenthood, 2014
  • Recipient, United States Conference of Mayors National Award for State Arts Leadership, 2013
  • Chair, Chesapeake Executive Council, 2007, 2008 and 2013
  • Chair, Democratic Governors Association, 2011-2012
  • Recipient, America’s Greatest Education Governor Award, National Education Association, 2010
  • Co-Chair, Task Force on Federal-Local Law Enforcement, 2001-2007
  • Member, Board of Directors, Maryland African American Museum Corporation, 1999-2007
  • Mayor, Baltimore, Maryland, Dec. 9, 1999-Jan. 17, 2007
  • Recipient, Urban Innovation Award, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2002
  • Assistant State’s Attorney, Baltimore, 1988-1990
  • JD, University of Maryland, 1988
  • BA, Catholic University of America, 1985
  • Member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Named “Best Young Mayor” by Esquire Magazine in 2005
  • Twitter handle: @martinomalley