John Lehman

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John Lehman
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Wisconsin State Senate District 21
Incumbent
In office
July 16, 2012 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly
1996 – 2006
Education
Bachelor'sLuther College
Master'sCarthage College
Personal
BirthdayAugust 2, 1945
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John Lehman (b. August 2, 1945) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012, when he won the recall election against incumbent Senator Van Wanggaard. He was sworn in on July 16, 2012.[1] Lehman did not seek re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2014.

Lehman previously represented District 21 from 2006 to 2011 and served as Majority Caucus Leader. He served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1997 to 2007.

Lehman was running for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin in 2014.[2] John Lehman lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Lehman attended the Universities of Wisconsin-Madison and Parkside and he earned his B.A. from Luther College and M.Ed. from Carthage College.

Lehman's professional experience includes work as an history and economics high school teacher in the Racine Unified School District.

From 1988 to 2000, he was a City Council Member and President of the City of Racine.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Lehman served on the following committees:

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue
Joint Legislative Audit
Tax Exemptions

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lehman served on the following committees:

Issues

Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Lehman includes:[4]

  • A bill allowing the school term to commence before September 1st[5]
  • A bill placing the same veto restrictions on the county executives as the Governor[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Wisconsin Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Lehman ran for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. Lehman won the Democratic nomination in the primary.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary results
Wisconsin Lieutenant Gubernatorial Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Lehman 55.2% 144,591
Mary Jo Walters 44.5% 116,517
Write-in votes 0.2% 631
Total Votes 261,739
Election Results Via:Wisconsin Government Accountability Report.
General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Walker/Rebecca Kleefisch Incumbent 52.3% 1,259,162
     Democrat Mary Burke/John Lehman 46.6% 1,121,555
     Libertarian Robert Burke/Joseph Brost 0.8% 18,375
     Independent Dennis Fehr 0.4% 9,004
Total Votes 2,408,096
Election Results via New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

2012

See also: Van Wanggaard recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2012)

Lehman ran for Wisconsin State Senate District 21 in the recall election against incumbent Sen. Van Wanggaard.[7] He announced his candidacy on January 31, 2012. Wanggaard previously defeated Lehman in the 2010 election.

Unofficial results showed Lehman won the election by 779 votes and he declared victory. Wanggaard considered a recount - the county's board of canvassers had until June 15 to submit final vote totals.[8] With the official canvass showing Lehman winning by 834 votes, Wanggaard called for a recount on June 15.[9] Final tallies released July 2 showed Lehman won by 819 votes - 36,358 to 35,539.[10] On July 10, Wanggaard announced he would not file a lawsuit, allowing the results to stand.[11]

Recall of Wisconsin State Senator Van Wanggaard, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Van Wanggaard Incumbent 49.4% 35,517
     Democratic John Lehman 50.5% 36,351
     - Scattering 0.1% 56
Total Votes 71,924
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board


Andrew Mielke (D) entered the race in Mid-March, but did not file nominating papers by the April 10, 2012 deadline.[12] Lehman defeated Tamra Varebrook in the primary on May 8.[13] He will face Wanggaard in the recall on June 5.

Wisconsin State Senate District 21 Recall - Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Lehman 67.8% 20,284
Tamra Varebrook 31.8% 9,513
Scattering 0.4% 122
Total Votes 29,919


2010

See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

Lehman ran for re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate District 21 seat. He was unopposed in the primary. He was defeated by Republican Van Wanggaard in the general election on November 2, 2010.[14] [15]

Wisconsin Senate, District 21 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Lehman (D) 5,317 99.92%

2006

On November 7, 2006, John Lehman won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 21.[16]

John Lehman raised $201,161 for his campaign, while William McReynolds raised $387,572.[17]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 21 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Lehman (D) 31,737
William McReynolds (R) 28,069


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lehman is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Lehman raised a total of $743,706 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 4, 2013.[18]

John Lehman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Senate, District 21 Won $227,943
2010 Wisconsin State Senate, District 21 Defeated $238,871
2008 Wisconsin State Senate, District 21 Not up for election $19,550
2006 Wisconsin State Senate, District 21 Won $201,161
2004 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 62 Won $1,272
2002 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 62 Won $21,251
2000 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 62 Won $16,829
1998 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 62 Won $16,829
Grand Total Raised $743,706

2012

Lehman won election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lehman raised a total of $227,943.
Wisconsin State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Lehman's campaign in 2012
Wisconsin Education Association Council$2,000
Wisconsin Democratic Party$1,404
Lehman, John$1,186
Reiche, Carl$1,000
Lord, Henry$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$227,943
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Lehman lost the election for the Wisconsin State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Lehman raised a total of $238,871.

2008

Lehman was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Lehman raised a total of $19,550.

2006

Lehman won election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Lehman raised a total of $201,161.

2004

Lehman won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Lehman raised a total of $16,702.

2002

Lehman won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Lehman raised a total of $1,272.

2000

Lehman won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2000. During that election cycle, Lehman raised a total of $21,251.

1998

Lehman won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1998. During that election cycle, Lehman raised a total of $16,829.

Personal

He and his wife, Catherine, have three children; Rachel, Martha, and Catherine.[3]

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Wisconsin State Legislature was in session from January 14 through June 4.

Legislators are scored on their stances on voting, money in politics and democracy reform legislation.
Legislators are scored on "how well [their votes] represented the priorities of the MMAC."
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against NPCW's position.
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against the Wisconsin AFL-CIO's position.
Legislators are scored on their stances on conservation issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation WMC deemed as "most important issues for the business community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation that "impact Wisconsin's law enforcement community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental bills.

2012

In 2012, the Wisconsin State Legislature was in session from January 10 through March 16.

Legislators are scored on "how well [their votes] represented the priorities of the MMAC."
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against the Wisconsin AFL-CIO's position.
Legislators are scored on their stances on conservation issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation WMC deemed as "most important issues for the business community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation that "impact Wisconsin's law enforcement community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental bills.

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References

  1. WSAU, "Democrat John Lehman takes Racine State Senate seat," July 16, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sen. John Lehman to run for lieutenant governor," November 18, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed May 5, 2014
  4. State Legislature, "John Lehman Legislation," accessed May 6, 2014
  5. State Legislature, "Bill 109," accessed May 6, 2014
  6. State Legislature, "Bill 11," accessed May 6, 2014
  7. Journal Times, "Lehman to run against Wanggaard in likely recall," January 31, 2012
  8. WAOW, "Wanggaard still not conceding election," June 6, 2012
  9. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wanggaard calls for recount in Senate recall race," June 15, 2012
  10. Chicago Tribune, "Recount: Dem wins Wisconsin Senate recall," July 2, 2012
  11. Huffington Post, "Van Wanggaard, Republican Wisconsin State Senator, Drops Recount Appeal," July 10, 2012
  12. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "2012 MAY 8 RECALL PRIMARY/ELECTION Candidates Registered," accessed April 16, 2012
  13. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "4 Democrats easily win Senate primaries," May 9, 2012
  14. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office, 2010," July 13, 2010
  15. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed April 25, 2014
  16. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2006 General election results," accessed April 25, 2014
  17. Follow the Money, "2006 contributions," accessed May 6, 2014
  18. followthemoney.org, "Lehman, John," accessed June 4, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Van Wanggaard
Wisconsin State Senate District 21
July 2012 - Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Wisconsin State Senate District 21
2006–2010
Succeeded by
Van Wanggaard