Thomas “Tom” Barrett is the Mayor of the City of Milwaukee.
Tom Barrett was elected Milwaukee’s 40th Mayor on April 6, 2004, and has been reelected with over 70% of the vote in both 2008 and 2012.
As Milwaukee’s Chief Executive, Tom Barrett is making neighborhoods safer by strengthening the Milwaukee Police Department, targeting gangs and illegal guns and forging partnerships with faith-based groups and neighborhood organizations to strengthen the community’s role in reducing crime.
Mayor Barrett continues to strengthen the City’s economic toolkit to create family-supporting jobs and provide assistance to entrepreneurs to expand or open small businesses. He is creating hope in the lives of young people throughout the city with a number of workforce initiatives, including his YouthBuilds program which offers a comprehensive approach to education, training and employment for young adults, and his Summer Earn and Learn initiative which has placed over 12,000 students in summer jobs, The Mayor’s Manufacturing Partnership, launched in 2011, connects area employers with potential employees through a unique and tailored skills training program.
Through efforts that bring families together like the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative and the partnerships with United Way and community groups to reduce Teen Pregnancy and Infant Mortality, Mayor Barrett seeks to strengthen our community’s moral compass and future.
Mayor Barrett has enacted his vision for a greener Milwaukee through the formation of Milwaukee’s Green Team the establishment of Milwaukee’s Office of Sustainability. The Office of Sustainability promotes cost-effective environmental sustainability practices that meet Milwaukee’s urgent environmental, economic and social needs while enhancing long-term economic growth. He is also one of the region’s greatest champions for the Great Lakes and currently serves as Chair of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, an binational organization comprised of mayors and other local officials that works actively to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.
Tom Barrett grew up on Milwaukee’s West side, graduated college and law school from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was a member of both the Wisconsin State Assembly and State Senate and was elected to five terms in the U.S. Congress.
Barrett and his wife, Kris, live in Milwaukee’s Washington Heights Neighborhood with their four children: Tommy, Annie, Erin and Kate.
Articles Referencing Tom Barrett
Aug 19th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
A stunning election increases his power. What does it mean for Milwaukee?
Aug 7th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
Jon Richards is the favorite. But is he the best choice?
Aug 6th, 2014 by Dave Reid
The $3 million system is now installing 10 bike sharing stations and could expand to 100 stations and 1,000 bikes.
Aug 5th, 2014 by Patrick Leary
South siders and environmentalists join Mayor Barrett, as part of his "Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days" challenge.
Jul 29th, 2014 by Mac Writt
City officials are wowed at ribbon cutting ceremony.
Jul 29th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
Colorful, combative foe of Mayor Barrett will oppose him in 2016, which means far more fun for reporters covering the race.
Press Releases Referencing Tom Barrett
Aug 19th, 2014 by Bob Donovan
Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan
Aug 18th, 2014 by Joe Dudzik
Alderman Joe Dudzik will be joined by Mayor Tom Barrett for a neighborhood walk in the 11th Aldermanic District on Thursday, August 21, as part of the “Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days” initiative launched by the Mayor earlier this summer.
Aug 14th, 2014 by Tom Barrett
The City of Milwaukee will hold a 2015 Preliminary Budget Hearing to ensure the 2015 City of Milwaukee Budget addresses the needs of our community
Mayor Barrett to lead Ribbon Cutting of TWO50TWO – MIAD’s new res hall – at college’s 40th birthday partyAug 7th, 2014 by Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Ribbon Cutting for TWO50TWO, MIAD’s new residence apartments; Wednesday, August 27, 3:30 p.m. Reception to follow. 252 E. Menomonee St., Historic Third Ward. Rain or shine.
Aug 7th, 2014 by WRTP /BIG STEP
On Friday, August 8th WRTP/BIG STEP in partnership with MAWIB will honor 19 graduates from the Mayor's Manufacturing Partnership.
Aug 7th, 2014 by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
“This EPA brownfield grant is a solid investment in the future of Milwaukee that will help transform contaminated sites into redevelopment opportunities”