Meet Matt

Matt Lehman is a candidate to represent Kentucky’s fourth district in Congress, dedicated to restoring respectful and responsible leadership for our community.

A Northern Kentucky native, Matt is a product of St. Joseph Elementary in Crescent Springs and Covington Catholic High School.

He earned a Mitch McConnell scholarship to attend the University of Louisville, back when politicians put people before politics. After earning his M.S. from Columbia University in New York in 2002, Matt has worked in the medical research field in multiple states and abroad.

Matt and his wife Adriana returned to live in Newport, Kentucky in 2015, to raise their three children in the Commonwealth, in a community among their family and friends. Matt is proud of his family’s long legacy of contributions to Kentucky as union leaders, small businessmen and women, nurses, teachers, and public servants.

In this spirit, Matt co-founded Koligo Therapeutics in 2016 with collaborators from the University of Louisville to bring opioid-free treatment to pancreatitis patients. 

Matt served as Koligo’s CEO until it was sold to Orgenesis, Inc., an Israel-based cell and gene therapy company, which will help bring Koligo’s technology to worldwide markets.

In addition to their careers and raising children, Matt and Adriana have always remained active in community service including volunteering at the Brighton Center in Newport, the Esperanza Latino Center in Covington, the Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund, their children’s schools, and coaching numerous youth basketball teams in Northern Kentucky and

Matt currently consults with the healthcare industry, helping academic startups and organizing clinical trials. He also consults with the thoroughbred industry preparing for legislative changes.