O'Malley to speak at Democratic Convention


Martin O'Malley

will have a speaking role at the

Democratic National Convention

in Charlotte, NC next month -- another example of his burgeoning leadership role in the Democratic party.

He was one of six speakers announced early this morning by the DNC, and one of four current or former governors on the program.

It'll be the second time O'Malley has spoken to the convention. He gave a speech in 2004 that was remembered for its

. ("America the beautiful, whose alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears; oh, my friends, to govern is to choose.")

That year the


nominated Massachusetts Sen.

John Kerry

for president. And another young star also took the stage:

Barack Obama



Other speakers for this year's convention announced today include: Chicago Mayor

Rahm Emanuel

, CA Attorney General

Kamala D. Harris

, CO Gov.

John Hickenlooper

, former VA Gov.

Tim Kaine

, Kerry, MA Gov.

Deval Patrick

, former Ohio Gov.

Ted Strickland


They will join: Former President

Bill Clinton


Elizabeth Warren

and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (the keynote speaker.)

The DNC did not say when O'Malley will take the stage. The committee also promised to unveil additional speakers and details in coming days -- which may come as a relief to other rising Democratic stars who haven't made the list. Like NY Gov.

Andrew Cuomo