He left home at 11 after a rough childhood, spending time on the streets, yet managed to finish both high school and college. He later went on to work as a Pepsi-Cola truck driver, at a meat-packing plant and as a short-order cook.
This is the story of Gov. Paul LePage, who, in a little more than six months, has ushered in sweeping reforms for Maine—a record of accomplishments it might take other governors years to achieve. What’s even more remarkable is that LePage is a Tea Party-backed conservative making significant strides in supposedly hostile New England.