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
Dec 19th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
Barrett salutes the theater’s and Bay View’s redevelopment, but is upstaged by the facility’s lovely redesign.
Dec 19th, 2014 by Dave Schlabowske
City officials pledge to work towards upgrading the city's national, bicycle-friendly ranking from bronze to gold.
Dec 18th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
His “$100 million gift” to Greater Milwaukee Foundation will gain him huge tax break for supporting new NBA arena.
Dec 16th, 2014 by Tom Bamberger
It became a comedy of errors, but raises serious questions about the city’s strategy for “creative placemaking.”
Dec 12th, 2014 by Michael Horne
The $19.5 million, 133-unit apartment complex along the river will fill in one of the last developable pieces of land on the Beerline.
Dec 10th, 2014 by Jeramey Jannene
Public Works Committee votes to send streetcar proposal to full council, setting up a showdown Dec. 16th.
Press Releases Referencing Tom Barrett
Dec 16th, 2014 by Ashanti Hamilton
News release and maps document from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton
Dec 10th, 2014 by Milwaukee Public Library
The developer team of Maures Development Group, Common Bond and Engberg Anderson was selected.
Dec 8th, 2014 by Bob Donovan
Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan December 8, 2014
Dec 5th, 2014 by Ashanti Hamilton
Statement from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton December 5, 2014
Washington Park Neighborhood and MPD Awarded National MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership AwardDec 2nd, 2014 by Local Initiatives Support Corporation Milwaukee
Mobilizing Residents/Partnerships leads to improved neighborhood safety
Dec 1st, 2014 by Milwaukee Public Library
Developers to Present Proposed Plans for Mill Road Library at Public Meeting