Lehman Franklin

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As your state representative, I promise to continue to be here for you and to serve our community. Service before self has been one of the tenets of my life that I learned at the Citadel, practiced preaching the gospel as a missionary, and will bring to the table as a state representative. I will never back down from defending our conservative values in Atlanta, and I pledge to serve the community to my utmost ability.


Putting My Experience
to Work

Lehman Franklin grew up in Statesboro and graduated from Statesboro High School. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration at the Citadel Military College in 1997 and his master’s degree in business administration at Georgia Southern University. While obtaining his master's Franklin managed a motel business full-time. He is the son of the late H. Lehman Franklin, Jr. and Emily Keaton Franklin.

After graduating, Franklin was called to work as a missionary in Argentina for 4 years. Later, he helped establish Marine Reach Ministries and worked for 4 years as the Marine Captain and Ministry Director of a crew of 30 on a 140-foot sailboat. The ship served as a missionary training school based in the Mediterranean Sea, helping to develop the character and leadership skills of aspiring missionaries as they spread the gospel.

Upon returning home, Franklin began working at Franklin Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, and Toyota, and currently serves as the General Manager of Franklin Toyota and Vice President of the Franklin Automotive Group. He resides in Stilson, Georgia with his wife, Lorie, and their 20 chickens, 3 dogs, 5 horses, 2 goats, and several honeybee hives.

Franklin seeks to continue former representative Jan Tankersley’s mission of delivering economic development enhancements, creating higher education opportunities, and facilitating infrastructure improvement in our communities.


Economic Development:

I’m running because we must continue to do better to create good paying jobs.  I am the proud manager of a small business where I have dozens of employees with various skills, and one of the things I take pride in is assisting my employees in getting the job training and skills they need so they can get promoted and grow within the company.

Georgia should continue to prioritize workforce training and job creation initiatives that create opportunities in across the state, but especially in rural Georgia.  In the legislature, I will work to expand funding for these job training programs to help give skilled workers a leg up and enhance their take home pay.

Second Amendment:

The Second Amendment is under attack by Democrats across the country who want to erode our constitutional freedoms.  The Second Amendment was put in place to protect us from tyranny, and we must defend it.  I will oppose all efforts to infringe on the Second Amendment.

COVID Mandates:

Vaccine mandates are unconstitutional, plain and simple.  Across the Country failed COVID policies have put millions out of work.  I will oppose COVID mandates that are ineffective and unconstitutional, and preserve our constitutional rights.


Tax hikes almost always hit those with the least the hardest, and with Joe Biden’s inflation already crushing middle class families I can’t in good conscience support tax hikes.  As a matter of fact, I have signed ATR’s no tax pledge and won’t increase taxes on Georgians.

In the legislature I will work to cut taxes on hardworking Georgia families.  Government is big enough, we should be focused on giving money back to taxpayers, not making government even bigger.

Election Integrity:

Stacey Abrams is back with her no ID, no integrity election agenda.  I will oppose her efforts, and work to ensure that Georgia conducts safe and secure elections. Your constitutional right to vote is under attack by Nancy Pelosi in Washington and Stacey Abrams in Georgia, who want to make it easier to cheat.

I support common sense protections like audits and photo IDs that will prevent cheating in the future and keep our elections safe and secure in Georgia.  We should also strengthen penalties against those who break the rules and put democracy at risk.