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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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Jan. 29, 2015
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan declares state of emergency over in NH
Concord Monitor: Government efficiency report released

Jan. 28, 2015

NHPR: Should NH's governor serve a four-year term?

Jan. 27, 2015
NHPR: Utilities prepare, Hassan declares state of emergency as snowstorm approaches
WMUR: Hassan declares state of emergency as blizzard looms
Keene Sentinel: Hassan declares state of emergency, tells NH residents to stay home

Jan. 22, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: After deficit warning, Hassan predicts $1M budget surplus

Jan. 21, 2015
Concord Monitor: Lowering state businesses taxes supported by GOP; Hassan says bills would create hole in budget

Jan. 17, 2015
WMUR: Gov. Hassan hosting North Country inaugural ball in Bretton Woods

Jan. 16, 2015
NHPR: Cops permitted easier access to life-saving overdose drug
NHPR: STEM in NH schools: How to follow through on task force report
Seacoast Online: New rules would let police treat heroin overdoses
Concord Monitor: New rules would allow police to be trained to carry and use anti-overdose drug
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan proposed naloxone training for police

Jan. 15, 2015
NHPR: NH budget facing $30 million shortfall
Concord Monitor: State needs to patch $30 million hole in the budget

Jan. 14, 2015
Seacoast Online: Report: NH needs better science, math education 
Union Leader: Report released on increasing student numbers in STEM fields
WMUR: State report highlights importance of STEM education
Citizen of Laconia: State pushes STEM
Concord Monitor: Governor’s STEM Task Force announces final report, recommendations

Jan. 13, 2015
NHPR: Hassan appoints county administrator to lead new substance abuse health initiative

Jan. 12, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan names Wozmak as drug abuse, mental health director

Jan. 11, 2015
Concord Monitor: Despite claims of transparency, Gov. Hassan refuses to release proposals to make state government more efficient
Concord Monitor: In inauguration and other major speeches, Hassan relies on familiar script

Jan. 10, 2015
Concord Monitor: Utility giant among top sponsors of Hassan’s inaugural ball

Jan. 9, 2015
NHPR:  Governor Hassan inaugurated for second term
NHPR: State House open house features made in New Hampshire goods
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan says rail, energy, minimum wage are priorities
Union Leader: Hassan's priorities concern GOP
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan, in inaugural speech, urges creativity and new approaches to address problems
WMUR: Hassan's push for commuter rail draws support, skepticism
WMUR: Governor calls for bipartisan action to help economy
Concord Monitor: Hassan focuses on commuter rail, minimum wage and low education costs in inaugural address
Concord Monitor: After inauguration, governor welcomes visitors to State House reception
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan pushes for strong economic growth during inaugural speech
Nashua Telegraph: Nashua student recognized by Hassan during inauguration

Jan. 8, 2015
WMUR: Food bank student chefs cooking for governor’s inauguration party
Concord Monitor: Gov. Hassan faces second term with a challenging political landscape
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan to be inaugurated for 2nd term
NH1: NH Gov. Maggie Hassan optimistic in inaugural eve interview with NH1

Jan. 7, 2015
NHPR: Hassan's inaugural donors list will be made available, Bradley calls for mandatory disclosure
Union Leader: Hassan proposes business tax amnesty to help balance budget
WMUR: Hassan set to outline budget plan
Concord Monitor: Hassan orders budget reductions, tax amnesty program

Jan. 6, 2015
NHPR: Hassan faces news political landscape, NH House remains unsettled
Concord Monitor: Sweeney to work part time in Department of Safety; Hassan seeking new person for post

Jan. 4, 2015
Union Leader: 'Celebrating New Hampshire' to be inaugural theme
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan inauguration highlights Food Bank program