Norman Paul Gauvreau was born in Burlington, Vermont on August 4, 1948. He grew up in Lewiston in a Franco-American community. He attended the University of Maine in Orono and was active in the political protests and activist struggles of the times, including the Vietnam War. He worked for the Community Action Agency in Augusta, and then attended the University of Maine School of Law, graduating in 1975. He had been practicing law for the last twenty-six years at the time of this interview. Gauvreau ran for the state legislature in 1982, and has served in both the Maine House and Senate.
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