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Paul LePage
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Governor of Maine
Incumbent
In office
January 5, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn Baldacci
Compensation
Base salary$70,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,168,537
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Waterville
2004-2011
Education
Bachelor'sHusson College
Master'sUniversity of Maine
Personal
BirthdayOctober 9, 1948
Place of birthLewiston, Maine
ProfessionBusiness manager
Websites
Office website
Paul LePage (b. October 9, 1948 in Lewiston, Maine) is the current Republican Governor of Maine. He was first elected in 2010 and assumed office January 5, 2011.[1]

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

LePage's first term in the governor's office has received mixed reviews from constituents - Democrats and union organizations in particular - for his stance opposing participation in federal medicaid expansion under Obamacare and his support of right-to-work legislation. LePage's long-term vision for Maine includes cultivating Maine's deepwater 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 is eligible for re-election and has confirmed that he will likely seek a second term as governor in the 2014 elections.[2][4] A report released by Governing in December 2012 named him as one of five 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 running for Michaud's seat in the U.S. House in 2014 as a way to avoid the risk of such a formidable re-election challenge.[6][4]

Biography

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 been adopted into two families. 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.[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.

Education

  • B.S. in business administration and finance accounting - Husson College
  • M.B.A. - 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.

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.[8]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[9]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, 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.[10][11]

Waterville Mayor (2004-2011)

Elections

2014

See also: Maine gubernatorial election, 2014 and Maine's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

LePage eligible for re-election in 2014 and has said he will likely seek a second term as governor.[4] However in June 2013, LePage surprised even his own political adviser when he announced that he might forgo a 2014 re-election bid in order to run for Rep. Mike Michaud's seat in the U.S. House, which will be opened in 2014 assuming Michaud follows through on his anticipated gubernatorial campaign. 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.[12]

A report released by Governing in December 2012 named him as one of five governors vulnerable to losing re-election in 2013-2014.[13]

The Republican primary is scheduled for June 10, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2010

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.[14]

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

2010

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Personal

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

See also

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Baldacci
Governor of Maine
2011 - present
Succeeded by
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