Craig Lehman was born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. At the time of his birth, his family lived in Manheim. Several years later the family moved to Mount Joy where Craig grew up and later graduated from Donegal High School in 1981.
In 1980, during his senior year, Craig enlisted in the United States Navy. Shortly after graduation, his enlistment began at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Orlando, Florida where he completed Basic Training. Craig served overseas onboard the USS Orion, AS-18 homeported in Sardinia, Italy. He later served onboard the USS San Diego, AFS-6 homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. Craig was honorably discharged in 1985.
In 1985, Craig attended Shippensburg University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration with a Labor Relations concentration and a Minor in Philosophy. He graduated with honors, Cum Laude, in 1989. After graduation, Craig continued his education by attending The Pennsylvania State University earning a Master of Science Degree in Policy Analysis in 1991. The subject of his Master’s essay, which was required for graduation, was Family and Medical Leave – Implementation and Evaluation Issues.
After finishing his coursework at Penn State, Craig worked for the Pennsylvania General Assembly serving as a Research Analyst from 1991-1992. He also worked as a Budget Analyst for the House Appropriations Committee from 1992-2007, gaining public budgeting and public policy experience on a variety of issues related to state and local government.
In 1997, Craig was elected to serve on Lancaster City Council where he was a strong voice for neighborhoods. He also served as Chair of the Community Development and Planning Committee and the Finance Committee. In 2005, Craig was elected to serve as Lancaster City Controller. In 2007, Craig was elected to serve on the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners and was re-elected in 2011, 2015.
As County Commissioner, Craig served as President of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) in 2015 and Board Chair in 2016 & 2020. He also previously served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Caucus of County Commissioners from 2014-2019. Locally, he has served on the EDC Finance Board from 2008-2020 and the Lancaster County Conservation District Board from 2008-2020. He currently serves on the Lancaster Clean Water Partners Steering Committee.
Craig strongly believes in fiscal responsibility and has often said, “If you don’t manage your budget, your budget will manage you.” He has also been a strong supporter of farmland preservation to help keep our agriculture industry sustainable and an advocate for investing in our older communities and for preserving our natural lands. Craig also understands that growth is our greatest opportunity and our greatest challenge. “We must responsibly manage and plan for growth if we want to make sure that Lancaster County remains a special place.”
Craig lives in Lancaster with his wife, Amanda, and their family.