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John Lehman's Biography

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Full Name:

John W. Lehman




Wife: Catherine; 3 Children: Rachel, Martha, Catherine

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Rhinelander, WI

Home City:

Racine, WI


Lutheran (ELCA)

MEd, Carthage College, 1979

BA, Luther College, 1967

Candidate, Wisconsin State Assembly, District 62, 2018

Candidate, Wisconsin State Lieutenant Governor, 2014

Senator, Wisconsin State Senate, District 21, 1996-2010, 2012-2014

Candidate, Wisconsin State Senate, District 21, 2010-2014

City Council Member/Former President, City of Racine, 1988-2000

Majority Caucus Chair, 2009-present

Member, Agricultural Education and Workforce Development Council

Volunteer, Racine Emergency Shelter Taskforce (REST)

Member, Special Committee on Regional Transportation Authority, Wisconsin State Senate

Chair, Special Committee on School Safety, Wisconsin State Senate

Member, Standards Development Council

Member, Joint Committee on Finance, 2007, 2009

High School Teacher, History and Economics, Racine Unified School District

Member, Citizens Utility Board

Member, Clean Wisconsin

Member, Friends of the Library, Racine Public Library

Member, Kiwanis Club of Greater Racine

Member, Praeder-Willi Syndrome Association of Wisconsin

Former Member, Racine Board of Health

Member, Racine County Democratic Party

Former Member, Racine Education Association

Member, Racine Heritage Museum

Former President, Racine Public Library Board

Former Member, Racine Sister City Planning Council

Member, Sierra Club

Member, Southeastern Wisconsin Educator Hall of Fame

Member, Washington Park High School Hall of Fame

Member, Wisconsin Environmental Decade


Luther College Distinguished Service Award

Number of Grandchildren:


Reason for Seeking Public Office:

"We can do better than the culture of corruption fostered by Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch."

​Since inauguration in early 2011, Governor Walker, Lt. Governor Kleefisch and the controlling Republican legislature have failed to provide constructive leadership for Wisconsin. Their policies have divided our people. They have degraded our public schools. They have run rough shod over local communities and the environment. They have systematically schemed to deny access to the ballot. They have mismanaged our financial resources. For all their supposedly pro-business emphasis, they have failed in their job creation strategies.

I am running for Lt. Governor because I have had enough of the extreme far-right agenda, and I know Wisconsin can do better. I'm proud to stand with Mary Burke as a clear, experienced alternative to four more years of the destructive Walker-Kleefisch administration.

For Wisconsin to succeed, we need to implement a fair, living wage; restore and respect workers' rights - regardless of public or private sector employment; stop the spread of unaccountable voucher schools; stand up to wealthy special interests who are jeopardizing the health of our environment; and ensure that the government promotes access to the ballot box, instead of making it more difficult to exercise your democratic rights.

I am well prepared for the role of Lt. Governor by my years of public service on the local and state level. I offer the experience of 16 years in the legislature and my service for more than a decade on the Racine city council. I taught high school economics and history in the Racine Unified School District for more than two decades before serving in the legislature.

​Please support my candidacy for Lt. Governor. We all need to stand up to ensure a better future for our great state.

Senator John Lehman