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Ovide Lamontagne (R)

Experience: 2010 US Senate candidate, lawyer
Residence: Manchester
Family: Married, 2 children
Education: Catholic University of America; JD, University of Wyoming College of Law
Official Website:

It can be said that Lamontagne started running for governor almost immediately after he lost the close-call primary election for U.S. Senator against Kelly Ayotte in 2010. His political performance was so strong there was instant talk of a next logical step: Run for governor whether or not Democrat John Lynch ran for re-election.

With Lynch out, Lamontagne automatically becomes the very early favorite, given his exposure and his conservative credentials. He established his Granite Oath political action committee, which morphed into his gubernatorial campaign.The Manchester lawyer, for one, was a go-to guy for Republican presidential hopefuls to visit as part of their campaigning in the first-in-the-nation primary. A nod from Lamontagne was thought to carry statewide influence. As of mid-December, Lamontagne has not made an endorsement in the GOP contest.

A fall 2011 WMUR Granite State Poll shows that, among the likely candidates for governor, that Lamontagne is the best known. But the recognition was relative: 48 percent in the poll said they don't know enough about him to form an opinion.

He was enough of a know quantity, however, to handily take the Republican primary on Sept. 11, beating conservative activist Kevin Smith, 68 percent to 30 percent.

Lamontagne's win pit him against Democratic winner Maggie Hassan, a former Senate majority leader from Exeter.

He sounded familiar GOP themes during his acceptance speech,saying he would hold the line on taxes, back right-to-work legislation and seek to undo the federal health care law provisions as they apply to the state.

Position on the Issues
Economy, Budget, & Taxes:

Lamontagne has taken the so-called "Pledge" against any broad-based sales and income taxes and will oppose any increases in taxes. He said "there will never be an LLC tax passed on my watch."

He said he will order a comprehensive review of our business taxes to streamline and reduce the overall tax burden imposed on job creators.

In terms of his legislative philosophy, including as it relates to the state budget, he said on his web site he will adopt zero-based budgeting, support biennial sessions, a line-item veto, pension reform and voter ID. He also said he will either sign or veto any legislation that reaches his desk; he won't let legislation become law without his involvement or action of some kind.

Civil Issues:

Supports 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms
Opposes the death penalty
Opposes privatization of state prisons

Health Care:

He opposes President Obama's health care legislation which he believes will increase health care costs, harm small business, and decrease the quality and availability of care.

He supports the action several states' attorneys general took against the health care law, elements of which are now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, he said he will seek block grants of Medicaid and Medicare to deregulate health care, while working for free-market reforms to bring competition to our health care delivery system and insurance markets and ensure high-quality, lower-cost care and coverage for all.


Although Lamontagne supports Arizona's new immigration law, he maintains that it is the federal government's responsibility to address the issue. He pledged to secure borders, enforce laws against employers who hire illegal aliens, and prevent amnesty for illegal aliens.


He promotes what he calls a "Learn to Earn" program to keep our youth in state and ensure they have good jobs. He also advocates for meaningful school choice, and will work to enact a constitutional amendment on education funding to restore local control over public schools.

Economic Development:

Lamontagne wants what he calls a comprehensive economic development plan with special attention to manufacturing. He also wants a 10-year highway plan that should be aligned with the state's most critical economic development infrastructure needs.

He said he willl personally work to recruit manufacturing businesses to New Hampshire and, if elected, will sign right-to-work legislation, which, he said, "will make our state a job magnet in the Northeast."

Expanded Gaming:

Opposed to expanded gaming as an authentic or legitimate revenue stream to support expanded government. Lamontagne is open to a limited proposal that would involve one location in New Hampshire. Lamontagne would like a cost benefit analysis to accompany any proposal and wants the community involved to also support the measure. Believes that any casino revenues should go only to lowering taxes or paying for current programs, not for any new state spending.

"Republican Ovide Lamontagne said in a statement he is 'personally opposed to expanded gaming.' However, he would be open to legislation authorizing a single casino at Rockingham Park, which he views as a key economic development opportunity for southern New Hampshire." - Eagle Tribune, July 9


Supports an employee's right to choose whether he/she will be part of a union. Believes believes the legislation will force unions to be accountable to workers and prove the benefits of membership.

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Lamontagne on expanded gambling while visiting the Salem Republicans on May 3, 2012

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Campaign Finances

2012 Campaign

Balance $179,375.50
Report Date
Oct. 31, 2012

Source: NH Secretary of State

Contact Information

PO Box 1007
Manchester, NH 03105
Phone: 603-668-2012

Gubernatorial Election News

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May 21, 2015
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NHPR: Gov. Hassan doubts Guinta can still effectively represent NH residents
NHPR: Gov. Hassan signs off on Balsam's redevelopment bill
WMUR: Governor signs bill enabling Balsams resort redevelopment

May 20, 2015
NH1: Home health care providers protest Hassan-led payments to nursing homes

May 12, 2015
Conway Daily Sun: Hassan: Lakeview must hew to consultant's recommendations
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan presses for more winter disaster aid
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan seen as key part of Dems' U.S. Senate strategy

May 10, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan's trade trip to Turkey still drawing heat
NHPR: Governor encourages Keene State graduates to stay and work in NH

May 9, 2015
WMUR: Hassan vetoes anti-Common Core bill
NH1: Governor, key lawmakers get birds-eye view of neonatal ICU unit
Seacoast Online: Ayotte advocates for upgrades to shipyard barracks
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan vetoes bill prohibiting Common Core

May 8, 2015
WMUR: Hassan to sign bill enabling Balsams plan after Senate approval
Concord Monitor: Law prohibits employers from paying subminimum wages to people with disabilities
NHPR: NH bans lower-than-minimum wages for workers with disabilities

May 5, 2015
Keene Sentinel: Gov. Hassan coming to Keene Tuesday

May 4, 2015
NH1: Gov. Hassan announces $60K in job training grants

May 3, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan out-of-state for fundraising events

May 2, 2015
WMUR: Bobcats will be official state wildcat with governor's pen

May 1, 2015
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan pushes to fund taking care of roads

April 30, 2015
Union Leader: House passes concealed weapons bill; Gov. Hassan says she'll veto
Concord Monitor: House handily approves ‘constitutional carry’ bill, Hassan takes aim
NH1: Hassan to make sure NH concealed gun permits aren't going anywhere

April 29, 2015
Seacoast Online: Hassan defends budget at Portsmouth chamber meeting

April 28, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Governor approves UNH projects

April 25, 2015
NH1: Hassan says she's 'likely' to sign 2-casino bill
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan visits Nashua Community College, calls for continued fight against substance abuse
WMUR: Hassan backs amended two-casino bill ahead of House vote

April 24, 2014
WMUR: Hacked emails show close relationship between Sony CEO and the Hassans
Foster's Daily Democrat: Emails show Gov. Hassan asked Sony CEO for campaign cash
NHPR: Governor promises action after Lakeview reports cite worsening conditions, oversight failures
NHPR: Hassan fundraising pitch among hacked Sony emails
NHPR: NH governors agree on need to drive down energy costs

April 23, 2015
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan says NH market will only support 1 casino
Union Leader: Hassan notes among hacked Sony emails
Concord Monitor: Hassan doesn’t think NH needs two casinos
NH1: Hassan staying neutral for now in 2016 Democratic presidential nomination race

April 22, 2015
Concord Monitor: Hassan: nearly 750 households have avoided foreclosure through state initiative