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
Sep 11th, 2014 by Michael Horne
A planned community gathering space instead becomes an underwhelming staircase.
Sep 9th, 2014 by Michael Horne
With some creative use of grant money, the Greater Milwaukee Committee is helping neighborhoods update their image by ‘Urban Placemaking’
Sep 9th, 2014 by Susan Nusser
The redevelopment effort includes a huge swath of the city, and countless players and plans. First of a series.
Sep 9th, 2014 by Molly Rippinger
City workers remain rooted in Enderis Park neighborhood despite elimination of residency rule.
Sep 4th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
He probably has a better chance of beating Barrett than Bob Donovan. But what exactly does Davis stand for?
Sep 3rd, 2014 by Matthew Wisla
Ald. Milele Coggs will introduce legislation requiring Milwaukee Police Department to buy and use body cameras.
Press Releases Referencing Tom Barrett
Sep 16th, 2014 by Bob Donovan
Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 16, 2014
Sep 10th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele, Governor Scott Walker, British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott and other local leaders will honor the victims of September 11, 2001.
Sep 3rd, 2014 by Chris Abele
1.9 Acres of Public Space and Direct Access to Lakefront Highlights Updated Couture Plan
Sep 2nd, 2014 by Milwaukee Public Schools
Local and state leaders to join MPS Board members, Acting Supt. Driver at MPS' Thurston Woods Campus
Aug 27th, 2014 by Milwaukee Public Library
Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) is asking real estate developers to submit information on current and potential projects that could be compatible with a library near four neighborhood libraries slated for replacement.
Aug 20th, 2014 by Tony Zielinski
Wearable body cameras for Milwaukee police officers should be included in Mayor Tom Barrett’s proposed 2015 executive budget