Party: Republican

Age: 65

Home: Waterville

Background: Grew up in a poor family of 18 children in Lewiston and left home at age 11 after being abused by his father, a decision he says saved his life.

Education: Lewiston High School, Husson College, University of Maine.

Career: General manager of Marden’s, 1996-2011; mayor of Waterville, 2003-2011; governor of Maine 2011-present.

On the Record: LePage, as governor, has focused on streamlining or eliminating regulations, especially for businesses; cutting taxes, and limiting welfare benefits. He also made paying off hospital Medicaid debt a priority, striking a deal to leverage revenue from future liquor sales. He also has rejected efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.