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
May 21st, 2015 by Susan Nusser
The sewerage district has moved from tunnels and pipes to greenways, rain barrels and permeable pavement. Part 2 of a series.
May 21st, 2015 by Michael Horne
Mandel Group breaks ground on a 46-apartment, mixed-use development that includes an indoor climbing gym.
May 14th, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
The state’s top political reporter has disappeared. Is the Journal Sentinel killing his column?
May 13th, 2015 by Dave Reid
The city will help pay for feasibility study of company building a high-rise near the lake and just west of Discovery World.
May 5th, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
A misleading poll, pressure on legislators and more misinformation are all used to sell the NBA arena.
May 3rd, 2015 by Matthew Wisla
Results of poll by YWCA will be used to develop training sessions for companies in cultural sensitivity.
Press Releases Referencing Tom Barrett
May 22nd, 2015 by Tom Barrett
Mayor Barrett's Statement on Alderman Joe Dudzik
May 18th, 2015 by Milwaukee Public Library
Milwaukee Public Library Sets Goal to Enroll 25,000 Youth in the Reading Program
May 14th, 2015 by The Water Council
Matt Howard, who has served the City of Milwaukee as the Sustainability Director for the last five years, will begin working for The Water Council on June 8.
May 12th, 2015 by Bob Donovan
Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 12, 2015
May 11th, 2015 by Joe Davis, Sr.
Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. May 11, 2015
May 11th, 2015 by Senator Tammy Baldwin
“I share Senator Baldwin’s strong commitment to public service and I am eager to put my experience to work for her in Wisconsin.”