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Governor O’Malley to take over as chairman of DGA

WASHINGTON — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is taking over as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

He succeeds Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, who was the chairman of the political arm of the nation’s Democratic governors during 2010.

O’Malley was the group’s vice chairman this year. He won re-election as Maryland governor by a double-digit margin in November.

The leadership change was announced at a gathering of governors in Washington.

On the GOP side, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was named the head of the Republican Governors Association last month.