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Le Page has made eliminating Maine's income tax, fighting illegal drugs, and education reforms such as charter schools high priorities for his administration.
His tenure has been the subject of several controversies.
He later founded the business consulting firm Le Page & Kasevich Inc and in 1996, he became general manager of Marden's Surplus and Salvage, a Maine-based discount store chain.
Le Page's political career began when he served two terms as a city councilor in Waterville, Maine, before being elected Mayor of Waterville in 2003, serving until 2011.
In 2009, Le Page announced that he would run for Governor of Maine in the 2010 election.
Le Page defeated six other Republicans to win the party's nomination with 37.4% of the vote.
His father, an alcoholic, beat his children and Le Page ran away from home at age 11.
Living on the streets of Lewiston, Le Page was homeless for two years and then worked in various jobs.
After some initial difficulty entering college due to speaking French as his first language, he succeeded in obtaining a Bachelor of Science in business administration in finance and accounting from Husson College, later earning a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maine.
Le Page worked for a lumber company in New Brunswick, Canada, from 1972 to 1979 and then for Scott Paper in Winslow, Maine.