O’Malley’s brother lands government relations job

Peter O’Malley, the brother of the governor of Maryland and the chief of staff to the mayor of Baltimore, has taken a new job with law firm Venable LLP focusing on government relations.

Leaders of the firm, however, say Peter O’Malley won’t be coming to Annapolis to lobby the administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

“Peter will not be lobbying and therefore not registering at the state level,” said Robert Waldman, co-managing partner at Venable, who also touted Peter O’Malley’s “experience working at various levels of state and local government,” which he said “will be an invaluable asset to our many clients operating in Maryland.”

Peter O’Malley has been a key behind-the-scenes player in the political ascent of his older brother, holding senior-level jobs in both Martin O’Malley’s 1999 and 2004 campaigns for mayor of Baltimore and his 2006 and 2010 campaigns for governor of Maryland.

While some political foes have accused the O’Malleys of nepotism, Peter O’Malley has become highly regarded in Democratic circles for his political and management skills.

He served for three years as chief of staff to then-Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. (D) and briefly as chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party. Peter O’Malley left the latter role to become chief of staff in May 2011 to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D).

Venable has headquarters in Washington and offices in California, Maryland New York and Virginia. The law firms says it serves “corporate, institutional, governmental, nonprofit and individual clients.”

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.

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