Press Release

November 28, 2023
Cardin and Senate Finance Committee Vote to Send O’Malley Nomination for Social Security Commissioner to Full Senate
Martin will be a strong advocate and will improve customer service for older and disabled Americans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has direct oversight for the Social Security Administration (SSA), joined his colleagues today in approving the nomination of former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to be the next Social Security Commissioner. The Social Security Administration is headquartered in Woodlawn, Maryland.

“Martin O’Malley showed his strengths as a dedicated public servant and data-driven manager at his confirmation hearing. I am confident that he will lead the Social Security Administration with respect and support for the 66 million Americans who receive some benefit from SSA annually, as well as its strong union workforce. With today’s bipartisan committee vote, I am optimistic that we can have Martin on the job in Woodlawn swiftly.”

The SSA administers the Social Security programs (retirement and disability) and the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI – income support, not based on prior work experience, for low-income, elderly or disabled individuals). The agency has roughly 60,000 employees in Maryland and nationwide across the headquarters and 10 regional offices, six processing centers, 164 hearing offices and approximately 1,230 field offices.