Paul LePage

Paul LePage REPRepublican

Former Governor of Maine

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Paul LePageREPRepublican Former Governor of Maine
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MEResidence (state)

Paul Richard LePage (born October 9, 1948) is an American politician who served as the 74th Governor of Maine from 2011 to 2019. A member of the Republican Party, LePage served two terms as a city councilor in Waterville, Maine, before being elected Mayor of Waterville in 2004, serving until 2011. LePage ran for governor of Maine in the 2010 election, winning the general election with a plurality, 37.6%, in a five-candidate race. He was re-elected with a stronger plurality, 48.2% of the vote, in a three-candidate election in 2014. During his tenure as the Governor of Maine, he made extensive use of his veto power, vetoing 652 bills as of July 2018, more than the total by all Maine governors over the previous 100 years combined. As governor he made controversial remarks regarding abortion, the LGBTQ community, racial minorities, the death penalty, voting rights, campaign financing, the government and the environment that sparked widespread national criticism including calls for impeachment. LePage left office with an approval rating of 39%. His disapproval figure of 54% was the fourth-highest of the governors at the time. LePage was unable to seek a third consecutive term due to Maine's term limits law. His plurality wins and unpopular tenure contributed to Maine voters changing their voting system from plurality voting to ranked-choice voting in a 2016 ballot initiative even though it is currently not applicable for gubernatorial elections.

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Education7 - 7 of 5
Husson University
BS Business Administration and Finance Accounting
Maine Maritime Academy
Honorary Doctorate Marine Sciences
Husson University
Honorary Doctorate Business
Thomas College
Honorary Doctorate Public
University of Maine
MBA Finance
Past Positions1 - 11 of 11
Governor
State of Maine
2010 - 2019
Mayor
Waterville, Maine
2003 - 2011
General Manager
Marden's, Incorporated
1996 - 2011
Adjunct Instructor
Thomas College
1980 - 2005
Chief Executive Office
LePage and Kasevich
1985 - 1996
Treasurer
Forster Manufacturing Company, Incorporated
1983 - 1985
Controller
Scott Paper
1979 - 1983
General Manager
Arthurette Lumber Company, Limited
1971 - 1979
Former Dish Washer
Theriault’s Cafe
Former Employee
Antoine Rubber Company
Former Employee
Meat Packing Company
Other Experience1 - 13 of 13
Associate Member
Lion's Club
Board
Central Maine Inclusive School Advisory
Board Chair
United Way of Mid-Maine
Chair
Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter
Director
Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce
Former Editor
Husson University Spectator
Member
Waterville Rotary Club
Member
National Rifle Association
Member
Kennebec County Budget Committee
Member
Board of Directors, High Hopes Clubhouse
Member
Waterville Elks Club
Member
Heritage Foundation
Member
Maine Research and Technology Board