Who is Martin O’Malley…

…and does Hillary have competition?

Martin O’Malley is the Democratic governor of Maryland, and he has already announced his intentions to run for president.

“By the end of this year, I think we’re on course to have a body of work that lays the framework of a candidacy for 2016,” Governor O’Malley said to reporters at a National Governors Association meeting last August.

O’Malley was first elected in 2006, and he won again in 2010.  Prior to being elected as governor, he served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007.  

While in office, O’Malley has been beefing up is liberal credentials.

Here’s a list:

While he has been governor, Maryland passed some of the nation’s toughest gun laws, repealed the death penalty, and closed the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, a notoriously violent maximum-security prison facility.  

Last month, they raised their minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. 

O’Malley is not afraid to hike the gas tax and he has championed climate change legislation. 

He has legalized gay marriage in Maryland and in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.

He signed a bill that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana and legalized medical marijuana.

The governor’s office states Maryland has:

The #1 ranking for best public schools in America for an unprecedented five years in a row. (Education Week)

The #1 ranking for holding down the cost of college tuition. (College Board)

The #1 ranking for innovation and entrepreneurship for two years running. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

And finally, Maryland is the only state to have all-payer rate setting, which ensures that all insurance companies pay the same rate for the same service at a hospital.  The model limits the growth in hospital spending per capita to growth in the state’s economy.  This helps Maryland keep the costs of healthcare down.

In all, O’Malley has built a solid record, and he is one of the few Democrats to put his or her chips on the table and make his presidential aspirations known.