Governor Paul LePage was the eldest son of 18 children and left home when he was 11 to escape domestic violence. He lived on the streets for two years and supported himself working multiple jobs, including hauling boxes, shining shoes, washing dishes and driving a Pepsi truck.Continue Reading
Governor LePage was raised speaking French as his first language, presenting a challenge when it came time to take his admissions exam into Husson University. Husson made an exception and allowed him to take the exam in French. He passed, was admitted and went on to graduate with a degree Business Administration in Finance. He later earned his MBA at the University of Maine. The governor's career included a period as general manager for Marden's where he helped scale up the number of stores in Maine to 15 locations.
As a member of the Republican Party, his key messages are rooted in fiscal conservatism. His political successes include his time as mayor of Waterville, Maine, where he improved the city's credit rating and reduced taxes, as well as strengthened support for education. After earning 38 percent of the vote in a seven-way primary for the Republican nomination for governor of Maine, he achieved another victory in a five-way general election and was later sworn in on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.Learn more about US Government