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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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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

Aug. 2, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: N.H. governor, GOP lawmakers talking, but still no budget deal

July 30, 2015
NHPR: Hassan Won't Support Arming N.H. National Guard Recruiters

July 29, 2015
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan says National Guard recruiters should not be armed

July 28, 2015
NH1: Hassan fights to keep financing for NH drug czar alive
WMUR: Latest poll shows Ayotte leading Hassan
Concord Monitor: Governor signs bill modernizing securities regulations

July 26, 2015
WMUR: Governor Hassan joins governors across the country at summer meeting
NHBR: Hassan’s budget proposal: faster BPT cuts, but none in BET rate

July 25, 2015
Union Leader: New law adds fine on domestic violence charge

July 24, 2015
NH1: Hassan offers new NH budget plan: Cigarette tax, motor vehicle fee hikes to pay for business tax cuts
NHPR: Hassan Makes Budget Overture; GOP Finds it Lacking
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan presents compromise N.H. budget plan
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan’s budget compromise doesn’t impress GOP lawmakers
WMUR: Hassan focus of charges, counter-charges by pro-Republican group, Democrats
WMUR: Hassan offers compromise proposal on budget
Concord Monitor: Hassan offers compromise plan on state budget

July 23, 2015
NHBR: Governor signs bill limiting commercial lease tax
WMUR: WMUR poll: Ayotte holds small lead over Hassan in possible US Senate match-up

July 22, 2015
WMUR: WMUR poll: Hassan leads Sununu in potential 2016 match up
WMUR: Governor releases guidelines to fight state's heroin problem

July 21, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan vetoes Planet Fitness-related tax change
NHPR: Hassan Vetoes So-Called 'Planet Fitness' Tax Provision
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan vetoes Planet Fitness tax law request
WMUR: Gov. Hassan signs bill limiting use of welfare cards
Concord Monitor: Hassan vetoes Planet Fitness-related tax change

July 20, 2015
WMUR: Gov. Hassan to take action on Planet Fitness-related tax change

July 19, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Immunity for 911 callers with Good Samaritan Law

July 18, 2015
Keene Sentinel: Governor calls for more meetings on proposed gas pipeline in New Hampshire

July 17, 2015
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan wants more public input on pipeline plans
WMUR: Hassan urges Republican leaders to return to budget negotiations

July 15, 2015
Union Leader: Signed law eliminates felony cases from district court
WMUR: Hassan weighs in, noncommittal, on Iran deal
Concord Monitor: Governor signs Felonies First bill  
Concord Monitor: Federal grant to combat substance abuse turns political hot-button issue in N.H.
Conway Daily Sun: Hassan hails Lower Falls renovation project

July 14, 2015
NHPR: Hassan Signs Bill to Increase Funding For Domestic Violence Prevention
NHPR: Hassan Signs Bill To Study Uber, Ridesharing Services
NHPR: Gov. Hassan Has Been Busy With Her Veto Pen This Year
NHPR: On The Political Front: 2016 Senate Race Looms Over State Budget Battle
Union Leader: Bill raises funds for domestic violence prevention
WMUR: Sununu criticizes Hassan over heroin grant
WMUR: Hassan signs bill increasing domestic violence prevention funding
WMUR: Dueling polls: Newly-released GOP survey has Ayotte leading Hassan

July 13, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Budget stalemate puts Hassan's Senate decision on hold

July 11, 2015
Union Leader: Hassan vetoes 30-day wait to vote in New Hampshire
WMUR: Hassan vetoes bill requiring 30-day residency for voting
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan vetoes 30-day residency requirement to vote

July 10, 2015
Union Leader: Governor signs $126 million capital budget
Conway Daily Sun: Gov. Hassan to attend Lower Falls dedication Friday

July 9, 2015
Union Leader: Hassan signs Good Samaritan bill into law
Concord Monitor: Hassan signs ‘Good Samaritan’ law
Union Leader: GOP wants records of Hassan's communication with Sen. Reid

July 8, 2015
WMUR: Hassan being urged to consider ‘all options,’ top advisor says
NHPR: National Democrats Urge Hassan to Jump into Senate Race

July 7, 2015
NH1: Gov. Hassan vetoes bill to repeal concealed weapon permit requirement
Union Leader: Hassan shoots down gun bill that allowed concealed carry without a permit
Seacoast Online: Hassan vetoes bill to remove N.H. concealed carry license
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan signs bill banning synthetic drugs in N.H.
NHPR: Gov. Hassan Signs Bill Expanding The Use Of Medical Marijuana
NHPR: Hassan Signs Bill Banning Synthetic Drugs Sales Statewide
NHPR: Gov. Hassan Vetoes Bill Ending Conceal & Carry Permits
Concord Monitor: Hassan vetoes bill to remove concealed carry license
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan vetoes bill to remove concealed carry license

July 6, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan: Budget impasse will be solved by compromise
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan signing bill banning synthetic drugs