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
Oct 24th, 2014 by Susan Nusser
Happy press conference as program combining government, banks and non-profits brings homeowners back to city.
Oct 24th, 2014 by Edgar Mendez
Measure rejected by legislature would have particular benefit for Hispanics in Milwaukee.
Oct 23rd, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
New York Times dumps on Milwaukee business leaders, and city becoming divided on issue.
Oct 17th, 2014 by Heather Meuret
Unique, South Side business creates handcrafted kitchen items that are beautiful and functional.
Oct 17th, 2014 by Susan Nusser
Can the 15 year project revive an area that’s been in decline for 50 years? Last story in a series.
Oct 14th, 2014 by Michael Horne
Barrett rhapsodizes over developer at groundbreaking of North End III. And Fresh Thyme owner adds praise of Mandel style.
Press Releases Referencing Tom Barrett
Ald. Bauman calls Mayoral veto of home improvement loan program a “slap to the face” of Milwaukee homeownersOct 3rd, 2014 by Robert Bauman
News release from Alderman Robert Bauman
Oct 2nd, 2014 by Bob Donovan
Barrett administration drops the ball once again
Oct 1st, 2014 by Tony Zielinski
Mayor Barrett, County Board Chairwoman Dimitrijevic also scheduled to participate
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