J. Joseph Curran, Jr.

J. Joseph Curran Jr. ( * July 7, 1931 in West Palm Beach, Florida) is an American politician. Between 1983 and 1987 he was Deputy Governor of the State of Maryland.


Joseph Curran attended the public schools in Baltimore, Maryland and the local Loyola High School. He then studied at the University of Baltimore. Between 1951 and 1955, including at the time of the Korean War, he served in the Air Force. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Baltimore and his 1959 was admitted to the bar he began to work in this profession. Later he also became a member of the Bar Association of Maryland. At the same time he proposed as a Democrat, launched a political career. Between 1959 and 1963 he sat in the House of Representatives from Maryland; 1963 to 1983 he was a member of the local state Senate.

1982 Curran was elected to the side of Harry Hughes for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. This post he held 1983-1987. Yet he was assistant to the governor. Thereafter, he practiced 1987-2007 from the Office of the Attorney General of his state. That was the longest tenure in this position in the history of Maryland. In this capacity, he campaigned for better protection of children and against drug abuse. In the course of his life Curran has received numerous honors and awards. With his wife Barbara, he has four children. One of his sons is Governor Martin O'Malley.