Birthdate: Sept. 24, 1957
Birth Place: Manchester, NH, United States
Residence: Manchester, NH
Religion: Catholic
Gender: Male

Candidacy

Education

Ovide Lamontagne was born and raised in Manchester, N.H., where he still resides. He earned a bachelor's from Catholic University of America in 1979 and taught high school social studies in Maryland and Wyoming until 1982. He earned a law degree from the University of Wyoming School of Law in 1985.

After law school, Lamontagne returned to New Hampshire to join the law firm of Devine, Millimet & Branch.

He was legal counsel for the state Senate in 1991. He served as chairman of the state Board of Education from 1993 to 1996. He lost a bid for governor to Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in 1996. He also failed to win the GOP nomination for Congress in 1992 and U.S. Senate in 2010.

Lamontagne and his wife, Bettie, have two adopted daughters and a foster son.

Profile

Ovide Lamontagne is a conservative business attorney from Manchester, N.H., and past chairman of the state board of education making his second bid for governor.

Lamontagne lost to Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, now a U.S. senator, in 1996. He also lost primary races for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992 and the U.S. Senate in 2010.

In the November 2012 genera election he faces moderate Democrat and former Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan of Exeter.

Lamontagne won the 2012 primary by defeating an unemployed store manager and a younger, less well-financed opponent who shared his conservative views on fiscal and social issues.

Lamontagne proudly touts his conservatism and embraces support from New Hampshire's loosely organized tea party, saying the movement matches his views of limited government and low taxes. He has taken New Hampshire's traditional pledge to veto a personal income or general sales tax. The state has neither. He also opposes increases of existing taxes and fees.

Lamontagne is running on a platform of helping businesses create jobs and grow the economy. He proposes to cut the state's tax on business profits from 8.5 percent to 8 percent over two years if he can find budget cuts to offset the loss of an estimated $27 million in revenue.

Lamontagne also would enact a credit against the business enterprise tax based on compensation paid to new full-time employees in new production or manufacturing jobs. He also would enact a credit against the business enterprise tax based on helping employees pay off student loans. He also would make other tax changes aimed at easing regulations.

He proposes requiring state agencies to justify what programs should continue to be funded to find places to cut the state budget.

Lamontagne is using a campaign strategy Republicans have traditionally used against Democrats in arguing that Hassan will support an income or sales tax despite pledging to veto them when she needs money to pay for the government spending she supports.

He proposes easing regulations on health insurers to broaden the options available to employers. His plan would include a high-risk pool for people who couldn't get coverage.

Lamontagne supports a limited expansion of gambling to allow a high-end casino on the state's border.

Lamontagne, a Catholic, strongly opposes abortion and gay marriage though he has not emphasized his support for imposing limits on abortion or repealing New Hampshire's same-sex marriage law in his campaign. He would support replacing gay marriage with civil unions for heterosexual and homosexual couples. He does not support invalidating existing same-sex marriages. He also supports exempting religious organizations from contraceptive mandates in insurance coverage.

Democratic Gov. John Lynch's retirement leaves the seat open for the first time in a decade. New Hampshire is considered a swing state, though it veered conservative in the 2010 election, and both major parties feel they have a good shot at the office.

Source: Associated Press

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