About Us

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About Us

Granite Action is a 501 (c)4 nonprofit, nonpartisan research and advocacy organization based in Concord.

Ovide Lamontagne

Chairman, Board of Directors

Ovide Lamontagne is a shareholder with the regional law firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson, practicing out of the Firm’s Manchester, NH office. From May, 2013 through December 2015, Ovide served as general counsel for the non-profit, Americans United for Life in Washington, DC. From 1986 through 2013, Ovide practiced business law with the firm of Devine, Millimet & Branch. During his private practice, Ovide served as legal counsel for the New Hampshire State Senate in 1991 and in 1993, he was appointed by Governor Stephen Merrill as Chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education, where he served until 1996. Ovide was a Catholic high school social studies teacher for three years before attending the University of Wyoming College of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and received his J.D. with honors in 1985. Following graduation, Ovide served as law clerk to the Honorable James E. Barrett of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Born and raised in Manchester, Ovide is a fourth-generation New Hampshire native, who attended St. Anthony Elementary and Junior High Schools. He is a 1975 graduate of Trinity High School where he served as Student Council President and state president of the New Hampshire Association of Student Councils. Ovide is a 1979 graduate of The Catholic University of America, where he met his wife of 36 years, Bettie (Watson) Lamontagne.

Ovide has established himself as a principled and effective leader in New Hampshire. Ovide was the Republican nominee for Governor in 1996 and 2012. Additionally, he lost the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate by less than 2,000 votes in 2010. Ovide was recognized by Americans for Prosperity-NH in 2011 as “Conservative of the Year” in New Hampshire, in 2009 as New Hampshire's Distinguished “Citizen of the Year” by the Daniel Webster Council – Boy Scouts of America and in 2002 Ovide was named Franco-American of the Year. He was awarded an honorary degree from Magdalen College (now Northeast Catholic College) in 2012.

Ovide’s past civic service includes Chairman of St. Mary's Bank Board of Directors, Director of the Easter Seal Society of New Hampshire, Trustee of the Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund, CASA of New Hampshire, Manchester Crimeline, the Mayhew Program, New Hampshire Judicial Council, and the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence. From 2002 through 2006 Ovide served as President of the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America. He is the founding President of the Franco-American Center and was past Honorary Consul of France to New Hampshire.

Ovide is an active member of his home parish, St. Anthony Parish, in Manchester, where he served as co-chair of the 2001 St. Anthony Community Center Capital Campaign. He has served in a variety of roles with the Diocese of Manchester, including as Chairman of the Diocesan School Board, a member of the Corporate Campaign for NH Catholic Charities and the Catholic Lawyers' Guild of New Hampshire. In the mid-90’s, Ovide was nominated by Bishop Leo O’Neil as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, in 2007, Ovide received the Pope John Paul II Campus Ministry Center Award for public service from Trinity High School and was inducted in the Trinity High School Alumni Hall of Honors in 2015.

Ovide and his wife, Bettie, reside in East Manchester, and have two adopted daughters, Madeleine and Brittany, as well as a special needs foster son.