|Governor of Maine|
|January 5, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Mayor of Waterville|
|Master's||University of Maine|
|Birthday||October 9, 1948|
|Place of birth||Lewiston, Maine|
Paul LePage put himself not only through college but through high school as well. He spent his early childhood in Lewiston as one of 18 children in an impoverished, French speaking family. At 11, he left home and spent the next two years homeless, where he supported himself shining shoes. By 13, he had found two families who he describes as having quasi-adopted him. Between washing dishes at Theriault’s Cafe and moving boxes for Bruce and Joan Lyrick, Paul was able to finish high school.
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.
Since 1996, he has been general manager of Marden's Surplus and Salvage, Maine's largest retail chain. He laso heads his own consulting firm, LePage and Kasevich.
Mayor of heavily Democratic Waterville, Maine since 2003, Paul served two terms on the city council before winning the mayoral election. Paul lives in Waterville with his wife, Ann, and their children; Paul, Lauren, and Devon.
- B.S. in finance and accounting - Husson College
- M.B.A. - University of Maine
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.
Drops NGA membership
In September 2012, LePage withdrew the state's membership from the National Governors Association, saying Maine was not receiving sufficient benefits for it's 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.
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.
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 a someone to record him at public events. In Maine, both the State Senate and State House changed to Democratic 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.
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 were shared by a number of other Republican lawmakers.
Waterville Mayor (1996-2011)
- See also: Maine gubernatorial election, 2014
LePage eligible for re-election in 2014 and will likely seek a second term as governor. A report released by Governing in December 2012 named him as one of five governors vulnerable to losing re-election in 2013-2014.
|Governor of Maine, 2010|
|Independent||Eloit R. Cutler||35.9%||208,270|
|Independent||Shawn H. Moody||5%||28,756|
|Independent||Kevin L. Scott||1%||5,664|
|Election Results Via: Maine Secretary of State|
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|Paul LePage's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Maine
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$1,940,152 (Democrat)|
|Top 5 contributors||Paul LePage||$247,066|
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- Maine Governor Paul LePage Falsely Claims Wind Turbine Powered by Electric ... - Opposing Views
- Maine Gov. Paul LePage tours Lewiston fire damage - NECN.com - NECN
- Maine governor still pushing bond for new prison - NECN.com - NECN
- Gov. Paul LePage accuses Maine state employees union of lying about shutdown - Lewiston Sun Journal
- Lawmakers hold emergency meeting to address DHHS funding, shut out LePage - Press Herald
- LePage bill lifts cap on charter schools, lets public money go to religious ... - Bangor Daily News
- Maine governor to union: 'You are lying' - Boston.com
- LePage denies he attempted to pressure unemployment hearing officers - Bangor Daily News
- Maine woman investigating how to lessen domestic violence by war-scarred ... - Bangor Daily News
- Rep. Paul Gilbert: Time to do what is right for Maine families - Lewiston Sun Journal
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- News: Gov. LePage appoints state conservation commissioner to Maine Board of Education
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- Project Vote Smart biography
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," March 4, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart biography of Paul LePage
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Bangor Daily News, "LePage pulls out of National Governors Association," September 30, 2012
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Bangor Daily News, "LePage continues attack on Democratic tracker at swearing in," December 5, 2012
- ↑ Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
- ↑ Follow the Money.org
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