After spending roughly two years homeless, he began to earn a living shining shoes, washing dishes at a café, and hauling boxes for a truck driver.
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.
Paul Richard Le Page (born October 9, 1948) is an American businessman and Republican Party politician who has served as the 74th Governor of Maine since 2011.
Born in Lewiston, Le Page grew up with seventeen siblings in an abusive home.
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.
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.
He won the general election with another plurality, 37.6%, in a five-candidate race.
He was re-elected with a stronger plurality, 48.2% of the vote, in a three-candidate election in 2014.
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.