John W. Lehman
Wife: Catherine; 3 Children: Rachel, Martha, Catherine
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
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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