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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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March 4, 2015
Union Leader: Governor refusing to release department head energy proposals

March 3, 2015
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan's travel records requested by NHGOP
Union Leader: Hassan, Shaheen attend Emily's List gala
NH1: NY, DC speeches fuel more Hassan 2016 Senate talk

Feb. 28, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: NH governor defends budget, proposed COO position

Feb. 27, 2015
NHPR: Political ads look ahead to possible Hassan-Ayotte showdown
Concord Monitor: Hassan urges Republicans to follow her lead and be clear on what they’re willing to fund or not
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan to help deliver chowder from Super Bowl wager

Feb. 26, 2015
NH1: Top pro-GOP outside group slams Gov. Hassan in new ad

Feb. 25, 2015
Concord Monitor: Hassan nominates Goulet as head of state’s IT department

Feb. 24, 2015
Concord Monitor: Gov. Hassan calls for clean homeland security funding bill
Union Leader: Roads, schools common ground at National Governors Association
NH1: Hassan: NH health care program has 35,000 enrollees

Feb. 23, 2015
NHPR: Hassan visits Washington D.C. for governor's conference, Obama meeting

Feb. 20, 2015
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan declares Entrepreneurship Week in NH
Concord Monitor: Hassan to kick off three-day trip to D.C.

Feb. 19, 2015
WMUR: Poll shows Gov. Hassan's job approval rating at 55 percent

Feb. 18, 2015
NHPR: Hassan banks on keno but still wants a casino
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan still supports casino
Union Leader: Hassan lays out budget priorities to lawmakers
WMUR: Hassan still supports casino but leaves it out of budget
Concord Monitor: As 'right-to-work' bills vetted, Hassan says she would veto them
Concord Monitor: Hassan presents budget to Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee; House projections $229M lower than hers
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan still supports casino despite absence in her budget
NH1: Hassan on budget: Republicans be honest if deep cuts wanted

Feb. 17, 2015
Citizen of Laconia: Hassan's state budget plan may boost local projects
Concord Monitor: Lawmakers to question Maggie Hassan on budget proposal
Concord Monitor: In New Hampshire speech, Christie takes aim at Gov. Hassan

Feb. 16, 2015
NHPR: Governor Hassan on her '16-17 budget priorities and how to pay for them
Concord Monitor: Hassan's budget carries clues to possible Senate run

Feb. 15, 2015
Union Leader: State budget plan greeted as mixed bag
Union Leader: Garry Rayno's State House Dome: State budget proposal has a little something for all
WMUR: Capital Beat: Governor’s budget plan avoids casino gambling in favor of keno

Feb. 14, 2015
Concord Monitor: PolitiFact NH: Maggie Hassan says NH had highest median income in U.S. in 2013
NH1: NHGOP posts fake ad for NH COO position

Feb. 13, 2014
NHPR: Governor Hassan delivers 2015 budget address
NHPR: Hassan plan includes a new 'chief operating officer'
Seacoast Online: Keno, no casino, in Gov. Hassan's $11.5B budget
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan presents state budget proposal; budget would grow 6.4 percent over two years
WMUR: Hassan presents proposed $11.5B budget plan
Concord Monitor: Hassan identifies new funds to pay for state budget increases
Concord Monitor: Education funding looms large in Hassan’s budget, but not enough for tuition freeze at UNH
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan's $11.5B budget includes modest new revenue
Foster's Daily Democrat: USNH budget 10 percent less than requested 
NH1: Gov. Hassan proposes $11.4 billion budget with cigarette tax, Keno, motor vehicle fee hikes

Feb. 12, 2015
NHPR: Hassan faces challenges, questions on budget priorities
Union Leader: Hassan to present budget proposal
WMUR: Hassan to present budget proposal to lawmakers
Concord Monitor: Hassan budget plan to include state chief operating officer
Foster's Daily Democrat: Revenue vs. spending likely key to Hassan's budget proposal

Feb. 11, 2015
NHPR: Nursing home residents, administrators want Hassan to reinstate $7 million cut
Union Leader: Safety head Barthelmes nominated for another term
Concord Monitor: Hassan facing pressure ahead of her budget proposal
NH1: Nursing home community concerned about Medicaid cuts

Feb. 10, 2015
Union Leader: - NHGOP, Gov. Hassan spar over right-to-know law

Feb. 9, 2015
Seacoast Online: Millions in lawsuit settlements strain New Hampshire budget
Union Leader: State House Dome: Budget figuring shows NH's limits

Feb. 7, 2015
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan, NH employees agree on 2% pay raise
Union Leader: Workers’ union and state reach contract agreement
Concord Monitor: State House: Hassan, state employees union reach tentative deal

Feb. 5, 2015
Union Leader: Debate over commuter rail in Granite State taking shape
Union Leader: GOP seeks right-to-know on Hassan travel