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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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Sept. 2, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: Governors urge FDA to toughen opioid labels

Sept. 1, 2015
NHPR: Hassan to celebrate start of apple season in Londonderry

Aug. 31, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: NH struggles to expand beds for treatment programs

Aug. 29, 2015
NH1: Private partnerships may be key to making NH commuter rail a reality

Aug. 28, 2015
WMUR: New poll finds Hassan leading Sununu, Bradley in potential matchups
Concord Monitor: PolititFact NH: Americans for Prosperity calls Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget proposal a tax
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan signs transit bills into law

Aug. 25, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Governor leads substance abuse roundtable in Somersworth
NH1: Ex-NH governor John H. Sununu recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery

Aug. 23, 2015
Concord Monitor: Capital Beat: The Maggie Hassan question mark lingers
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan, GOP lawmakers still at budget impasse
NH1: NH Political Report: Private talks on state budget fail to yield to public support

Aug. 21, 2015
NHPR: Hassan names transportation commissioner nominee
NHPR: Budget stalemate drags on after Hassan plan GOP counter proposal
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan nominates Nashua woman for transportation post

Aug. 20, 2015
Union Leader: State budget negotiations stall
Concord Monitor: GOP lawmakers offer compromise on state employee pay increase, remain firm on business tax cuts

Aug,. 19, 2015
NHPR: Unlicensed substance abuse programs scramble to comply with regulations

Aug. 18, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan calls White House drug initiative good first step
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan pushed on pipeline stand
Concord Monitor: Hassan, Shaheen praise White House heroin initiative

Aug. 15, 2015
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan urges feds to seek alternative route for gas pipeline
NHPR: Sununu, Hassan Continue To Spar Over Rejected Planned Parenthood Contract

Aug. 13, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan calls for review of treatment regulations
Conway Daily Sun: Effingham's Camp Invention attracts governor

Aug. 12, 2015
Concord Monitor: Hassan signs three bills aimed at helping victims of crime

Aug. 11, 2015
NH1: Governor speaks out about cuts to Planned Parenthood

Aug. 9, 2015
NH1: Statue, plaza planned for former Gov. John Gilbert Winant

Aug. 8, 2015
Concord Monitor: Hassan tours Sununu Youth Services Center amid budget conversation about how to reduce costs

Aug. 7, 2015
WMUR: Conservative group launches $1 million TV ad buy to criticize Hassan on budget veto
NH1: Gov. Hassan denies Manchester's request for heroin state of emergency

Aug. 6, 2015
Union Leader: Governor says no to mayor's request to declare heroin emergency
Concord Monitor: Hassan tells Manchester mayor: Federal funds can’t be used for drug court in city

Aug. 4, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: Cancer cost bill signed into law
NHPR: Hassan and Shaheen Push for Increase in Substance Abuse Funding
WMUR: Hassan, Shaheen, judges, police gather to discuss heroin issue in NH

Aug. 3, 2015

Union Leader: Mayor to governor: Declare heroin epidemic an emergency