9 things to know about Martin O'Malley

Former Maryland governor to challenge Hillary Clinton



Update, Feb. 1, 2016: After a poor showing in the Iowa caucus, Martin O'Malley decided to end his presidential campaign.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is set to announce his bid for the presidency on Saturday.

The announcement will make O’Malley the second official challenger facing Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the battle for the party’s presidential nomination.

While in the governor’s mansion from 2007 to 2015, O’Malley also did a two-year stint as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, a political committee dedicated to electing Democratic chief executives.

O’Malley’s presidential aspirations have been Maryland’s worst-kept secret for several years. He has been an active presence in the national political arena since his election as Baltimore’s mayor in 1999. In 2007, the then-new governor even stood in for Clinton at a rally promoting her first presidential run.

Here are nine things to know about O’Malley’s political and financial history:

Image sources: Wikicommons, Maryland Govpics/Flickr

Sources: Center for Public Integrity reporting, as well as the National Institute on Money in State Politics and Washington Times.

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