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John Lehman

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Biography

John Lehman (Democrat) was a candidate who sought election to the Wisconsin State Assembly to represent District 62. Lehman lost the general election on November 6, 2018, after advancing from the primary on August 14, 2018.


Lehman is a former Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 21 from 2012, when he won the recall election against incumbent Senator Van Wanggaard, until 2015. He was sworn in on July 16, 2012. 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. John Lehman lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

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

Lehman's professional experience includes work as a 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.

Elections

2018

General election
General election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 62

Robert Wittke (R) defeated John Lehman (D) in the general election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 62 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Robert Wittke (R)
54.9
16,035

John Lehman (D)
45.0
13,161
Other/Write-in votes
0.1
27

Total votes: 29,223
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Wisconsin State Assembly District 62

John Lehman advanced from the Democratic primary for Wisconsin State Assembly District 62 on August 14, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

John Lehman (D)
100
4,903

Total votes: 4,903
Republican primary election
Republican primary for Wisconsin State Assembly District 62

Robert Wittke defeated John Leiber in the Republican primary for Wisconsin State Assembly District 62 on August 14, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Robert Wittke (R)
67.6
3,931

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John Leiber (R)
32.4
1,885

Total votes: 5,816


2014

Lehman ran for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. Lehman won the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election took place on 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% 116,518
Write-in votes 0.2% 631
Total Votes 261,740
Election results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
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% 1,259,706
Democrat Mary Burke/John Lehman 46.6% 1,122,913
Libertarian Robert Burke/Joseph Brost 0.8% 18,720
Independent Dennis Fehr 0.3% 7,530
Nonpartisan Scattering 0.1% 1,248
Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 200
Total Votes 2,410,317
Election results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

2012

Lehman ran for Wisconsin State Senate District 21 in the recall election against incumbent Sen. Van Wanggaard. 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. With the official canvass showing Lehman winning by 834 votes, Wanggaard called for a recount on June 15. Final tallies released July 2 showed Lehman won by 819 votes - 36,358 to 35,539. On July 10, Wanggaard announced he would not file a lawsuit, allowing the results to stand.

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. Lehman defeated Tamra Varebrook in the primary on May 8. 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

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.

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.

Lehman raised $201,161 for his campaign, while William McReynolds raised $387,572.

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

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