When Martin O'Malley spoke at the 2014 Foreign Affairs Symposium, he was the very popular two-term Governor of Maryland-- and speculation already surrounded him about a bid for the White House in 2016.
Now, after leaving the governor's mansion in Annapolis, O'Malley has been hired by Johns Hopkins as a visiting professor at the Carey Business School.
But that's not all he's been up to.
Politico reports today that O'Malley has staff working on the ground in Iowa, setting the foundation for a possible presidential run-- a campaign that he has publicly considered in the past.
Reports show that O'Malley's PAC gave $17,500 to Iowa Democrats last cycle and visited the state at least 20 times in 2014.