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
Nov 24th, 2014 by Michael Horne
The devil is in the details of tax incremental financing and various meetings and approvals needed before construction begins.
Nov 21st, 2014 by Jeramey Jannene
Wow, what an improvement. Our photos capture the technology-rich and architecturally impressive new library
Nov 19th, 2014 by Brendan O’Brien
Milwaukee education and job training center serves 240 young people; 87% get a job or enroll in college or military.
Nov 18th, 2014 by Jeramey Jannene
If Common Council approves at December 16 meeting, construction would start in late 2015, and Milwaukee would follow in footsteps of many other cities.
Nov 13th, 2014 by Heather Meuret
Experts at panel discussion say city making great progress in solving the problem.
Nov 13th, 2014 by Matthew Wisla
Three community groups win awards for working with police on crime prevention.
Press Releases Referencing Tom Barrett
Nov 26th, 2014 by Joe Davis, Sr.
Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. November 26, 2014
Nov 24th, 2014 by Bob Donovan
Alderman Bob Donovan to launch a citywide petition drive to trigger a binding referendum on the borrowing for the downtown streetcar project.
Nov 21st, 2014 by Milwaukee Public Library
Developers to Present Proposed Plans for Forest Home Library at Public Meeting
Nov 19th, 2014 by Nik Kovac
Statement of Alderman Nik Kovac November 19, 2014
Nov 19th, 2014 by Bob Donovan
Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan November 19, 2014
Nov 19th, 2014 by Michael Murphy
News release from Alds. Michael J. Murphy and Robert Bauman