Barbara O’Malley, Martin O’Malley’s mother, dies at 93

Barbara O’Malley, Martin O’Malley’s mother, dies at 93

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BALTIMORE

Barbara
A.
O’Malley,
the
mother
of
former
presidential
candidate
and
Maryland
Gov.
Martin
O’Malley
and
a
longtime
staffer
for
former
Sen.
Barbara
A.
Mikulski
known
around
Capitol
Hill
as
“Mrs.
O,”
has
died.
She
was
93.

O’Malley
died
last
Wednesday
at
a
nursing
home
in
Timonium,
Maryland,
a
suburb
of
Baltimore,
The
Baltimore
Sun
reported.
Martin
O’Malley
told
the
newspaper
she
died
from
complications
of
old
age.

“I
was
glad
that
she
didn’t
live
to
see
her
beloved
Capitol
stormed,
a
place
she
loved
so
dearly,”
he
said.
“She
also
wanted
to
live
long
enough
so
that
she
could
vote
for
Biden
and
see
Trump
defeated,
and
she
was
able
to
do
that.”

O’Malley,
whose
maiden
name
is
Barbara
Ann
Suelzer,
was
born
and
raised
in
Fort
Wayne,
Indiana.
She
followed
in
the
footsteps
of
her
father

who
served
as
the
chair
of
the
Democratic
Party
in
Indiana’s
Allen
County

with
her
love
for
politics,
working
in
a
congressional
campaign
before
she
was
even
able
to
vote.

She
eventually
went
to
Washington
to
work
for
Edward
Kruse,
a
former
congressman
from
Indiana,
but
came
back
home
for
another
job
at
his
law
office
when
he
lost
his
reelection
bid
in
1950.
A
few
years
later,
she
returned
to
Washington
to
serve
as
the
national
committeewoman
for
the
Young
Democrats.

It’s
in
that
position
that
she
met
her
husband,
Thomas
Martin
O’Malley.
The
two
married
in
1954
and
settled
in
Maryland,
where
she
spent
33
years
as
a
stay-at-home
mother
before
joining
Mikulski’s
staff
as
a
receptionist.

“She
was
a
strong
Democrat
and
was
a
supporter
of
more
women
in
politics,”
said
Mikulski,
who
retired
in
2017
after
five
terms
in
office.

During
her
time
at
the
Capitol,
Barbara
O’Malley
forged
relationships
with
Democrats
and
Republicans
alike.
She
loved
playing
poker
with
staffers
and
senators,
Mikulski
said,
and
soon
became
a
legend
for
her
skills.

“She
had
a
great
love
of
history,
and
she
knew
the
history
of
the
Capitol,”
the
former
senator
said.
“She
knew
every
nook
and
cranny,
even
the
basement,
and
when
school
groups
came
to
the
Capitol
it
was
Mrs.
O
who
led
the
tour.”

O’Malley’s
husband
died
in
2006.
She
is
survived
by
three
other
sons,
Patrick,
Peter
and
Paul;
two
daughters,
Bridget
Hunter
and
Eileen
Schempp;
15
grandchildren
and
eight
great-grandchildren.

A
funeral
Mass
service
will
be
held
Thursday
morning
at
a
church
in
Baltimore.

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