Former Pennsylvania Gov.
Tom Lehman, who served in the state House and Senate before his retirement, says he plans to focus on politics in 2020.
“I am going to be the most active person in my life,” Lehmans wife, Kim, said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Lehman was governor of Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2010, a time when Republicans dominated the statehouse and state legislature.
The Lehmen have two sons and three daughters, who are all state employees.
He was governor for 13 years and served for six years before running for president.
Trump has said he wants to work with Democratic President Joe Biden and Vice President Joe Pesci to create a “great, great middle class.”
Lehmans retirement is expected to have wide-ranging effects on his family.
His wife, an educator, will be leaving to work as an education adviser.
And his eldest daughter, who is studying to be a teacher, is going to finish her undergraduate degree.
His oldest son, Brian, will begin college this fall at the University of Pennsylvania, where he will begin working as a counselor in the college’s College of Public Health.
Leh’s daughter, Jessica, will attend St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
After Leh left the state legislature, he helped broker the deal between Republican Gov.
Jim Doyle and Democrats Gov.
Ed Rendell and Attorney General Josh Shapiro to get the state into the federal healthcare program known as Medicaid.
That arrangement paved the way for millions of Pennsylvanians to get health coverage.
Leh’s retirement came on the heels of a tumultuous campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
He campaigned against former Massachusetts Gov.
Mitt Romney and the other Republican presidential hopefuls, saying they would be better off with Democratic presidential nominee Tim Kaine.
Romney called Leh an “old-school conservative,” a charge Leh denies.
In an interview Monday, Leh said he didn’t plan to run for a fourth term as governor, but he did plan to “help with the transition to a president that will be more progressive.”
Lehr said he was “absolutely” surprised to learn about the allegations against him.
He said the allegations were “disturbing” and “troubling” but that he would not run for re-election.
The Lehmes are expected to give a statement on Lehmin’s retirement at their home in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
For the past decade, Lehr was a vocal supporter of former President Barack Obama.
He has said the president deserves credit for the “transformational” economic and social programs of his time.
Lehr said Obama was the best president he had ever known.
At the time, LeHmans wife was working as an aide to Rendell.
In an interview earlier this month, Lehmins daughter, Kimberly, said she didn’t know whether she would be campaigning for Rendell in 2020 or against Rendell when he enters the race.