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Paul LePage Biography

Paul LePage Biography

Paul LePage is a Republican and former governor of Maine who was sworn in as Maine Governor on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, was re-elected in 2014 with the most votes than any Maine governor has received in the past 30 years, and left office on January 2, 2019.

Paul LePage is an American politician who served as the 74th Governor of Maine from 2011 to 2019 and always puts the Maine people first, and never shies away from a challenge. This possibly made the Maine people believe so much in him.

Paul LePage will be running for Maine’s gubernatorial race once again. He’s already on the ballot for the general election slated for November 8, 2022, after winning the party’s primary unopposed on June 14, 2022.

Since the Maine people have had him and his governance twice, one can easily say that Paul’s comeback depends more on the decision of the Maine people than his campaign strength. Here is a brief biography of Paul Richard LePage:

Full NamePaul Richard LePage
Age74 years old
Political PartyRepublican
HometownLewiston, Maine
ProfessionBusinessman & Politician
FacebookPaul LePage
Twitter@PaulRLepage1

Paul LePage Early Life

Paul LePage was born on October 9, 1948, in Lewiston, Maine (he’s currently 74). He’s the eldest son of his French-Canadian parents – Theresa (née Gagnon) and Gerard LePage. He has seventeen siblings. Together with his siblings, Paul grew up speaking French in an impoverished home with an abusive father who was a mill worker.

At age eleven, after his father beat him and broke his nose, he ran away from home and lived on the streets of Lewiston, where he at times stayed in horse stables and at a “strip joint.”

After spending roughly two years homeless, he began to earn a living shining shoe, washing dishes at a café, and hauling boxes for a truck driver. He later worked at a rubber company and a meat-packing plant and was a short-order cook and bartender.

Paul LePage Education

LePage was the only person among his parents and siblings to graduate from the 8th grade. In 1967, he graduated from Lewiston High School.

LePage applied to Husson College in Bangor but was rejected due to a poor verbal score on the SAT because English was his second language. According to him, State Representative Peter Snowe persuaded Husson College to give LePage a written exam in French, which allowed LePage to show his reading comprehension skills and gain admission.

While attending Husson College, he supported himself as a short order cook and bartender, while making time to be the editor of the college newspaper.

At Husson, LePage improved his English-language skills and excelled academically. He became editor of the college newspaper. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration in finance and accounting and later earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maine.

Paul LePage Family

In 1971, LePage married Sharon Crabbe, whose family owned a lumber business in New Brunswick, where LePage worked as treasurer and general manager. The couple had their first daughter in 1975 and second daughter in 1976. In 1980, Paul divorced his wife, leaving his two daughters in her custody.

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Paul remarried Ann DeRosby in 1984. The couple got two children. In 2002, he adopted a young man from Jamaica. The couple raised their family in Waterville.

Paul LePage Career

Paul worked for a lumber company in New Brunswick, Canada, that was owned by his first wife’s family from 1972 to 1979, and later for Scott Paper in Winslow, Maine. He founded the business consulting firm LePage & Kasevich Inc., which specialized in aiding foundering companies.

In 1996, LePage became general manager of Marden’s Surplus and Salvage, a Maine-based discount store chain. LePage served two terms as a Waterville city councilor before becoming mayor in 2003. He retained that post until he became a governor in January 2011.

Paul claimed that he would move to Florida for the majority of the year and become a legal resident there once his tenure as governor is over in January 2019. In June 2019, Paul surprisingly returned to Maine to take a job as a bartender at McSeagulls Restaurant in Boothbay, where Ann already worked as a server while he was governor.

Paul LePage Political Career

Paul LePage Biography
Paul LePage Biography

On September 22, 2009, LePage announced his intention to seek the 2010 Republican nomination for governor of Maine. Paul adopted a campaign strategy that sets him apart from the other candidates. These were:

LePage “was the only candidate who had a compelling life story, … the only candidate who had a successful experience as a chief executive officer of a government entity, … the only candidate who was the executive of a prosperous Maine business.”

Paul faced Democratic Libby Mitchell, Eliot Cutler, Shawn Moody, and Kevin Scott. He eventually won the election and became the first Franco-American governor of Maine. In his victory speech, Paul promised to shrink government, lower taxes, decrease business regulation, and put “Maine people ahead of politics.”

On May 7, 2013, Paul stated that it was likely that he would seek re-election in 2014. On July 2, 2013, he confirmed his intention to his supporters that he would indeed run for re-election. On November 5, 2013, Paul LePage won re-election to a second term, defeating Democratic Mike Michaud and Independent Eliot Cutler with 48.2% of the vote.

In 2015, LePage stated he was “very strongly” considering entering the 2018 U.S. Senate. He ultimately announced on May 10, 2017, that he wouldn’t run, preferring to focus on being governor. His tenure as governor ended on January 2, 2019.

On April 29, 2020, Paul expressed his interest to run again for Maine governor in 2022. On July 5, 2021, he officially announced his candidacy for governor. He faced a no-opposition primary and is the Republican nominee running against Mills and Hunkler in November.

According to the law, the governors of Maine (and some other states) are limited to two consecutive terms but are eligible to run again after four years out of office. Paul had been out of office for over 6 years, which makes him eligible to come back as governor. However, as said earlier, the Maine people have had him for two full terms and can only possibly reelect him based on people’s choice and Paul’s earlier performance.

Paul LePage for Maine Governor in the 2022 General Election

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