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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
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly
1996 – 2006
Education
Bachelor'sLuther College
Master'sCarthage College
CandidateVerification

John Lehman (b. August 2, 1945) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 21. He won the seat in the recall election against incumbent Sen. Van Wanggaard and was sworn in on July 16, 2012.[1]

Lehman previously represented District 21 from 2006 to 2011 and served as Majority Caucus Leader. He was previously a Wisconsin Assemblyman from 1996 to 2006. From 1988 to 2000, he was a City Council Member and President of the City of Racine.

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

Lehman attended the Universities of Wisconsin, Madison and Parkside; he earned his BA from Luther College and MEd from Carthage College. He and his wife, Catherine, have three children; Rachel, Martha, and Catherine.[2]

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

At the beginning of the 2009 legislative session, Lehman served on the following committees:

Issues

Legislation

Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Lehman includes:[3]

  • A bill allowing the school term to commence before September 1st[4]
  • A bill placing the same veto restrictions on the county executives as the Governor[5]

Elections

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.[6] 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 canvassars had until June 15 to submit final vote totals. [7] With the official canvass showing Lehman winning by 834 votes, Wanggaard called for a recount on June 15.[8] Final tallies released July 2 showed Lehman won by 819 votes - 36,358 to 35,539.[9] On July 10, Wanggaard announced he would not file a lawsuit, allowing the results to stand.[10]

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.[11] Lehman defeated Tamra Varebrook in the primary on May 8.[12] 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. [13] [14]

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. [15]

John Lehman raised $201,161 for his campaign, while William McReynolds raised $387,572.[16]

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.[17]

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.

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Personal

He and his wife, Catherine, have three children; Rachel, Martha, and Catherine.[2]

References

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