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Paul LePage
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Governor of Maine
In office
January 5, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorJohn Baldacci (D)
Base salary$70,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$1,168,537
Term limitsTwo consecutive terms
Prior offices
Mayor of Waterville
Bachelor'sHusson College
Master'sUniversity of Maine
Date of birthOctober 9, 1948
Place of birthLewiston, Maine
ProfessionBusiness manager
Office website
Campaign website
Paul LePage (b. October 9, 1948, in Lewiston, Maine) is the current Republican Governor of Maine. He was first elected governor on November 2, 2010 and assumed office January 5, 2011.[1]

LePage was elected in the 2010 elections, when Republicans took control of both the Maine State House and the State Senate. However, the 2012 elections swept the Democrats back into power.

Prior to his election as governor, LePage was mayor of heavily Democratic Waterville, Maine from 2004 to 2011. Before that, he served two terms on the Waterville City Council.

LePage's first term in the governor's office received mixed reviews from constituents, particularly from Democrats and union organizations, for his opposition to participating in federal Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and his support of right-to-work legislation. LePage's long-term vision for Maine includes cultivating Maine's deep-water ports and building an east-west highway.[2]

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked LePage as the 13th most conservative governor in the country.[3]

LePage ran for re-election to a second term in the 2014 elections.[2][4] Ratings experts have consistently named him as one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors heading into 2014.[5] Indeed, in June 2013, after Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud launched his campaign for governor, LePage briefly indicated interest in a bid for Michaud's seat in the U.S. House in 2014 as a way to avoid the risk of a difficult re-election challenge.[6][4] LePage faced Michaud (D) and Eliot Cutler (I) in the general election on November 4, 2014. Paul LePage won the general election on November 4, 2014.


LePage put himself through high school and college. He spent his early childhood in Lewiston as one of 18 children in an impoverished, French-speaking family. At age 11, he left home and spent the next two years homeless, where he supported himself shining shoes. By 13, he had been adopted into two families. Between washing dishes at Theriault’s Cafe and moving boxes for Bruce and Joan Lyrick, LePage was able to finish high school. He went on to receive his B.S. in business administration and finance accounting from Husson College.

In college at Husson, he worked as a short order cook and meat packer. He also served as editor for Husson's student newspaper.

LePage earned his MBA from the University of Maine.[7]

Since 1996, he has been general manager of Marden's Surplus and Salvage, Maine's largest retail chain. He also heads his own consulting firm, LePage and Kasevich.[8]


  • B.S., business administration and finance accounting, Husson College
  • MBA, University of Maine

Political career

Maine Governor (2011-Present)

Paul LePage was sworn in as Maine's 74th governor on January 5, 2011. He first won election on November 2, 2010.

Veto record

LePage vetoed a record number of bills, 83 in total, during the legislative session which ran from December 5, 2012 through July 10, 2013. The Democratic legislature failed to override many of those vetoes, including laws gradually increasing the minimum wage, requiring police to obtain warrants before using surveillance drone aircraft, making changes to health insurance laws, increasing penalties and ownership restrictions for those who commit animal cruelty, and increasing fees for snowmobiles to maintain trails. The legislature did successfully override two of the dozens of bills they considered during a marathon meeting on July 9. The first would require police to obtain a warrant from a judge before accessing information about an individual's location using cellular phone records or other GPS devices from a company, and notifying the individual within three days of accessing the information that their records were examined. This new law made Maine the second state, after Montana, to enact a cellular phone privacy bill. The second bill passed by the legislature over LePage's veto gave funding to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Council, a group that helps high school and college students pursue math, science, and technical careers. Of LePage's 83 vetoes that session, five were overridden, including a substantial energy bill and the state budget. LePage was elected in the 2010 elections, when Republicans took control of both the Maine State House and the State Senate. However, the 2012 elections swept the Democrats back into power.[9][10][11][12][13]

Drops NGA membership

In September 2012, LePage withdrew the state's membership from the National Governors Association (NGA), saying Maine was not receiving sufficient benefits for the yearly membership fee of $60,000. “I get no value out of those meetings. They are too politically correct and everybody is lovey-dovey and no decisions are ever made. There are some tough decisions that need to be made in this country and we need to start making them,” LePage said.[14]

According to Jodi Omear, director of communications for the NGA, all governors are considered members even if they do not pay dues. It is unclear which other states, if any, have stopped paying dues, but Omear said membership fees vary from $22,000 to approximately $176,000 a year.[14]

Democratic tracker criticism

LePage caused a stir at the December 5, 2012 swearing in ceremony of recently elected members of the state legislature by using the time reserved for his routine welcome speech to criticize the Democratic leadership for hiring someone to record him at public events. In Maine, both the State Senate and State House flipped to the Democratic Party in the general election one month prior to the swearing in, and LePage was reportedly having difficulty cooperating with the party leaders in light of the tracker hire. The Republican governor canceled a scheduled introductory meeting with then-newly elected Democratic majority leaders, House Speaker Mark Eves and Senate President Justin Alfond, saying he would temporarily withhold all such interactions as inducement for the party leaders to end the tracking scheme. The following day, LePage used the inaugural ceremony podium to deride and shame the state Democratic Party for hiring a political tracker- one from Massachusetts instead of Maine, no less. “I’m very distinguished. I’ve been honored to have a private paparazzi paid for by the Democratic Party... I think it’s vulgar, I think it’s vicious, and I think it’s vile to me and my family,” he said in his speech before swearing in the new Senate.[15]

Afterward, Republican state Rep. Lance Harvell reflected that while he believed LePage's concerns with the tracker were valid, the ceremony was not the appropriate place or time to discuss unpleasant campaign tactics, and he wondered whether the governor's behavior put off some new members of the Maine Legislature. "If you say you have respect for the institution and the constitution, then you ought to show some,” Harvell said. His mixed response to LePage's remarks was shared by a number of other Republican lawmakers.[15]

Welfare misuse

LePage has reintroduced bills to limit welfare benefits. He would like to remove the ability to use state money to purchase lottery tickets, cigarettes and alcohol. LePage also plans to create legislation to ensure those receiving unemployment benefits are also applying for jobs. Currently, the SNAP food stamps program is limited to food items, but the EBT card used by other welfare programs do not have limits. When compared with other states' welfare programs, Maine's spending is significantly higher. Welfare reform is one of LePage's top issues for the state.[16]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, LePage was ranked number 43 (tie). The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[17][18]

Waterville Mayor (2004-2011)

On The Issues Vote Match

Paul LePage's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the analysis, LePage is a Populist-Leaning Conservative.[19] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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See also: Maine gubernatorial election, 2014 and Maine's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

LePage ran for re-election as governor in 2014.[4] In June 2013, before entering the race, LePage surprised even his own political adviser when he announced that he might forgo a chance at a second term and run for Rep. Mike Michaud's seat in the U.S. House, which Michaud left open to challenge LePage for the governor's office in 2014. LePage said he was exploring the race, "because it can't be any worse in Washington than it is here...Everything's on the table. Retirement, Social Security, running for Congress, maybe going back to Marden's to stock shelves. Who knows? I don't take myself as seriously as all you do."[6] He soon thereafter decided not to pursue that option.[20]

LePage's name appeared on a number of lists predicting the "most vulnerable incumbents" in the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle. The race was rated a toss-up by Daily Kos and The Washington Post.[21]

LePage was uncontested in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014. He faced Democrat Mike Michaud and Independent Eliot Cutler in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Governor of Maine, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul LePage Incumbent 48.2% 294,533
     Democratic Mike Michaud 43.4% 265,125
     Independent Eliot Cutler 8.4% 51,518
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 79
Total Votes 611,255
Election Results via Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions.

Race background

Paul LePage ran for a second term as governor in 2014.[2][4] The often divisive Republican was widely considered one of the most vulnerable gubernatorial incumbents facing re-election this year. Sources ranging from Governing, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, The Washington Post and Daily Kos rated the 2014 Maine governor's race as a tossup.[22][23][24][25] In June 2013, after Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud launched his bid for the office, LePage briefly indicated interest in running for Michaud's seat in the U.S. House in 2014 as a way to avoid the risk of a formidable challenge. LePage ultimately decided to seek re-election as governor.[6][26]

Cutler's declining fortunes in the general election

The back-and-forth results of polls published in October led supporters of Michaud to call for Cutler's withdrawal from the gubernatorial race. Cutler, who lost to LePage by 1.7 percent in 2010, was seen as a drain on Michaud's poll figures due to their similar political leanings. The independent candidate averaged about 13 percent in October polls gathered by Ballotpedia, while LePage and Michaud each approached 40 percent. Cutler called an October 29 press conference to address these concerns, raising the hopes of Democratic supporters who asked for his withdrawal. He announced plans to remain in the race and stated, "Anyone who has supported me but who now worries that I cannot win and is thereby compelled by their fears or by their conscience to vote instead for Mr. LePage or Mr. Michaud should do so."[27]

U.S. Sen. Angus King (I) had a change of heart on the same day as Cutler's press conference. He endorsed Cutler in August, but switched his support to U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D) because "the voters of Maine are not prepared to elect Eliot in 2014."[28][29]

Campaign finance decision in district court

An August 22 decision by U.S. District Court judge D. Brock Hornby regarding campaign finance limits in Maine may have contributed to more money in the gubernatorial race. Hornby ruled that a group of four donors to the campaign of independent candidate Eliot Cutler could go beyond a $1,500 per person limit on general election contributions for unaffiliated candidates. Democratic and Republican candidates in Maine enjoy a higher contribution limit because they can max out the individual donation limit in the primary and general election reporting periods. Both major-party candidates did not face primary challenges this year, though the individual limit reset after the statewide primary on June 10.[30]

Attorneys representing the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices defended the contribution limits, citing their ability to reduce corrupt practices. The state's attorneys also argued that supporters can use PACs to support their preferred candidates. Hornby dismissed these arguments, noting that the current limitation treats contributors differently based on their political leanings. The decision left open the question of whether all donors to Cutler could contribute $3,000 ahead of the general election, or if the ruling focused on the four plaintiffs. The donors who brought the original lawsuit will also pursue further action to enshrine Hornby's decision into state law.[30]

The Maine Ethics Commission voted unanimously on August 27 to not enforce the $1,500 limit for each election, opting instead for a $3,000 per individual limit for the 2014 election cycle. The board's decision only applied to the 2014 election, and the Maine State Legislature would need to act for similar changes in future elections.[31]

Dueling campaign finance complaints

The Maine Democratic Party filed an ethics complaints in early October against Paul LePage, claiming that the governor used state property as part of his re-election campaign. The complaint argued that a campaign spokesperson used a state-funded vehicle in order to reach election-related events. The state Republican Party countered with a complaint against Mike Michaud that accused the U.S. House member of using federal campaign money for his gubernatorial campaign. The Maine Ethics Commission unanimously rejected further investigation of both claims on October 10, 2014.[32]

Michaud's revelation

On November 4, 2013, after establishing himself as the race's front-runner, Michaud disclosed in an op-ed column submitted to three of the state’s major news outlets that he is gay.[33] Michaud emphasized that his sexuality was irrelevant to his ability to perform in public office. He said he came out in response to "whisper campaigns" instigated by opponents in order to cast suspicion about his personal life.[34] The revelation put Michaud in the running to become the first openly gay man or woman to be elected governor in the nation's history, though he ultimately lost to Gov. LePage.

Campaign themes

LePage's 2014 re-election campaign focused on the governor's record of job creation since 2011, efforts to end domestic violence and reducing government spending.[35]


General election match-ups (October 2014)

2014 Maine gubernatorial election- Three-way race
Poll Mike Michaud (D) Paul LePage* (R)Eliot Cutler (I)Undecided or refusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
{September 20-October 1, 2014}
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
(October 5-7, 2014)
Bangor Daily News/Ipsos
(October 6-12, 2014)
Maine Sunday Telegram/Portland Press Herald
(October 15-21, 2014)
Public Policy Polling
(October 22-23, 2014)
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
(October 16-23, 2014)
Magellan Strategies
(October 23-24, 2014)
Ipsos Poll
(October 23-29, 2014)
AVERAGES 39.95% 39.54% 13.4% 6.86% +/-3.72 936.25
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

General election match-ups (August 2013-September 2014)

2014 Maine gubernatorial election - Three-way race
Poll Mike Michaud (D) Paul LePage* (R)Eliot Cutler (I)Undecided or refusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(August 23-25, 2013)
Maine People's Resource Center
(September 8-10, 2013)
Public Policy Poll
(November 8-11, 2013)
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
(January 13-23, 2014)
Public Policy Polling
(April 1-2, 2014)
The Pan Atlantic SMS Group
(March 31- April 5, 2014)
Rasmussen Reports
(April 23-25, 2014)
Public Policy Polling
(May 5-6, 2014)
Maine People's Resource Center
(July 26-28, 2014)
Rasmussen Reports
(September 3-4, 2014)
Public Policy Polling
(September 9, 2014)
Portland Press Herald
(September 18-25, 2014)
Pan Atlantic SMS Group
(September 23-29, 2014)
AVERAGES 40.65% 37.79% 15.48% 6.08% +/-2.38 694.08
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Note: An asterisk (*) is used to denote incumbent status
Hypothetical and other match-ups

2014 Maine gubernatorial election - Two-way race
Poll Mike Michaud (D) Paul LePage* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research/National Education Association
(July 11-16, 2013)
Public Policy Polling
(August 23-25, 2013)
Maine People's Resource Center
(September 8-10, 2013)
Public Policy Poll
(November 8-11, 2013)
Portland Press Herald
(June 12-18, 2014)
AVERAGES 54.98% 38.42% 6.38% +/-3.81 718.8
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Note: An asterisk (*) is used to denote incumbent status

Hypothetical Match-up Poll
Poll Mike Michaud (D) Paul LePage* (R)Eliot Cutler (I)Margin of ErrorSample Size
Portland Press Herald
(June 12-18, 2014)
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Note: An asterisk (*) is used to denote incumbent status

Hypothetical Match-up Poll
Poll Eliot Cutler (I) Paul LePage* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Portland Press Herald
(June 12-18, 2014)
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Note: An asterisk (*) is used to denote incumbent status


October 8 debate

Paul LePage (R), Mike Michaud (D) and Eliot Cutler (I) discussed the state's economic health during a debate that seemed unlikely to happen only a month earlier. LePage, who was reluctant to debate his opponents throughout the general election, touted the state's healthy budget and repayments to state hospitals as examples of his first-term successes. He also noted that Michaud was symbolic of the state's Democratic legislators, who had not delivered on past promises.[36]

Michaud countered that he was the only candidate on stage who had worked with Democrats and Republicans during his time in the United States House of Representatives. He also highlighted LePage's argumentative reputation with state legislators as a reason to replace him in the governor's office. Cutler noted that voters had an opportunity to turn their backs on failed policies from Republican and Democratic governors by casting ballots for his independent candidacy.[36]

Campaign media

Paul LePage ad: Truth

Paul LePage ad: Honor Our Veterans


See also: Maine gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

LePage defeated Elizabeth Mitchell (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Governor of Maine, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul LePage 37.6% 218,065
     Democratic Elizabeth Mitchell 18.8% 109,387
     Independent Eloit R. Cutler 35.9% 208,270
     Independent Shawn H. Moody 5% 28,756
     Independent Kevin L. Scott 1% 5,664
     Others Various 0.5% 2,624
     Blanks - 1.3% 7,772
Total Votes 580,538
Election Results via Maine Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for LePage is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, LePage raised a total of $1,168,537 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[37]

Paul LePage's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Maine Not up for election $0
2010 Governor of Maine Won $1,168,537
Grand Total Raised $1,168,537


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Paul LePage's donors each year.[38] Click [show] for more information.

Recent news

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LePage and his wife, Ann, have five children together. Their names are Lindsay, Lisa, Lauren, Paul and Devon.[1]

See also

External links

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Maine Biz, "LePage eyes long-term goals, says 2014 run likely," May 8, 2013
  3. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," March 4, 2013
  5. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The Morning Sentinel, "LePage: Sorry if you were offended," June 24, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart biography of Paul LePage
  8. Committee to Re-elect Governor Paul LePage, "About," accessed September 30, 2014
  9. The Portland Press Herald, "Override bids leave most LePage vetoes standing," July 10, 2013
  10. MPBN, "Maine Lawmakers Fail to Override Most of Governor's Vetoes," July 9, 2013
  11. Bangor Daily News, "LePage wins most ‘veto rampage’ votes, but loses on cellphone privacy, STEM bills," July 10, 2013
  12. The Associated Press, "Maine lawmakers sustain most of LePage's vetoes," July 9, 2013 (dead link)
  13. WMTW, "Democrats, governor battle over last-minute vetoes," July 9, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 Bangor Daily News, "LePage pulls out of National Governors Association," September 30, 2012
  15. 15.0 15.1 Bangor Daily News, "LePage continues attack on Democratic tracker at swearing in," December 5, 2012
  16. Townhall, Maine Governor Targets Welfare Fraud, December 18, 2013
  17. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  18. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  19. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ontheissues
  20. The Boston Globe, "Gov LePage says he's not running for Congress," June 26, 2013 (dead link)
  21. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  22. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  23. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top gubernatorial races," September 27, 2013
  24. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14," October 6, 2013
  25. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
  26. The Washington Post blogs, "Rep. Mike Michaud steps into Maine governors race," June 13, 2013
  27. Portland Press Herald, "Cutler staying in race, insists Mainers should ‘vote their conscience’," October 29, 2014
  28. Bangor Daily News, "King endorses fellow independent Cutler for Maine governor," August 19, 2014
  29. Portland Press Herald, "Angus King switches endorsement from Cutler to Michaud," October 29, 2014
  30. 30.0 30.1 The Bellingham Herald, "Judge: Cutler donors can increase contributions," August 22, 2014
  31. Bangor Daily News, "Maine Ethics Commission changes donor limit rule in governor’s race," August 27, 2014
  32. Portland Press Herald, "Maine ethics panel dismisses complaints in governor’s race," October 11, 2014
  33. Portland Press Herald, "Rep. Michaud’s op-ed column: Yes, I’m gay. Now let’s get our state back on track," November 4, 2013
  34. Portland Press Herald, "Maine governor candidate Mike Michaud: I’m gay ," accessed November 4, 2013
  35. Committee to Re-elect Paul LePage, "Issues," accessed September 30, 2014
  36. 36.0 36.1 Reuters, "Maine governor, Democratic challenger face off amid tight race," October 8, 2014
  37. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Paul R. LePage," accessed July 11, 2013
  38. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
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John Baldacci (D)
Governor of Maine
2011 - present
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