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Paul LePage
PaulLePage.jpg
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 governor on November 2, 2010 and assumed office January 5, 2011.[1] He is now serving his first four-year term.

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 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 opposition to participating 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.

Veto record

LePage vetoed a record number of bills, 83 in total, in 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. [8][9][10][11][12]

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.[13]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[14]

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.[15][16]

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.[17]

A report released by Governing in December 2012 named him as one of five governors vulnerable to losing re-election in 2013-2014.[18]

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

2014 Maine gubernatorial election - Three-way race
Poll Mike Michaud (D) Paul LePage* (R)Eliot Cutler (I)Undecided or refusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research/National Education Association
(July 11-16, 2013)
40%31%26%3%+/-4.9400
Public Policy Polling
(August 23-25, 2013)
39%35%18%8%+/-3.2953
Maine People's Resource Center
(September 8-10, 2013)
40%34%16.8%9.1%+/-3.84652
Public Policy Poll
(November 8-11, 2013)
38%36%15%10%+/-3.2964
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
(January 13-23, 2014)
45%32%18%5%+/--400
Public Policy Polling
(April 1-2, 2014)
44%37%14%5%+/--583
The Pan Atlantic SMS Group
(March 31- April 5, 2014)
37.3%38.6%20.3%3.7%+/-4.9400
Rasmussen Reports
(April 23-25, 2014)
40%40%14%6%+/-3.0830
Public Policy Polling
(May 5-6, 2014)
43%39%15%3%+/--754
Maine People's Resource Center
(July 26-28, 2014)
42.6%41.4%12.6%3.4%+/-3.47796
AVERAGES 40.89% 36.4% 16.97% 5.62% +/-1.96 673.2
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 editor@ballotpedia.org

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

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)
61%34%5%+/-4.9400
Public Policy Polling
(August 23-25, 2013)
54%39%7%+/-3.2953
Maine People's Resource Center
(September 8-10, 2013)
55.9%36.1%7.9%+/-3.84652
Public Policy Poll
(November 8-11, 2013)
53%39%8%+/-3.2964
Press Herald
(June 12-18, 2014)
51%44%4%+/-3.9625
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 editor@ballotpedia.org

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
Press Herald
(June 12-18, 2014)
40%36%15%+/-3.9625
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 editor@ballotpedia.org

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

Hypothetical Match-up Poll
Poll Eliot Cutler (I) Paul LePage* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Press Herald
(June 12-18, 2014)
50%38%9%+/-3.9625
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 editor@ballotpedia.org

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


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.[19]

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

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.[20] Click [show] for more information.


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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

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Project Vote Smart, "Governor Paul LePage's Biography," accessed June 18, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 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 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 The Morning Sentinel, "LePage: Sorry if you were offended," June 24, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart biography of Paul LePage
  8. The Portland Press Herald, "Override bids leave most LePage vetoes standing," July 10, 2013
  9. MPBN, "Maine Lawmakers Fail to Override Most of Governor's Vetoes," July 9, 2013
  10. Bangor Daily News, "LePage wins most ‘veto rampage’ votes, but loses on cellphone privacy, STEM bills," July 10, 2013
  11. The Associated Press, "Maine lawmakers sustain most of LePage's vetoes," July 9, 2013
  12. WMTW, "Democrats, governor battle over last-minute vetoes," July 9, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Bangor Daily News, "LePage pulls out of National Governors Association," September 30, 2012
  14. 14.0 14.1 Bangor Daily News, "LePage continues attack on Democratic tracker at swearing in," December 5, 2012
  15. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  16. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  17. The Boston Globe, "Gov LePage says he's not running for Congress," June 26, 2013
  18. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  19. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Paul R. LePage," accessed July 11, 2013
  20. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
John Baldacci
Governor of Maine
2011 - present
Succeeded by
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