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
Mar 10th, 2014 by Steven Walters
No decision before election on new Bucks arena, proposed Kenosha casino and how to fund new highway construction.
Mar 7th, 2014 by Karen Stokes
Last year Milwaukee had 106 homicides and 532 non-fatal shooting victims.
Mar 6th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
Republicans say the John Doe probe proves bias. So does the federal suit against DA. Are they right?
Mar 4th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
The upstart ride service company could replace cab companies across the globe, some predict. How will it change our city?
Feb 21st, 2014 by Bill Lueders
Emails show his staff irked by requests and responding slowly, except when it benefits Walker.
Feb 14th, 2014 by Scottie Lee Meyers
New city program aims to turn empty lots into gardens grown by residents.
Press Releases Referencing Tom Barrett
Mar 7th, 2014 by City of Milwaukee
Great Milwaukee Buildings, Improvements, and Spaces Will Be Honored
Mar 4th, 2014 by Michael Murphy
Launch news conference set for Friday on city’s near south side
Feb 25th, 2014 by Joe Davis, Sr.
The work of Milwaukee’s Black Male Achievement Advisory Council, or BMAAC, is garnering national attention, and has already resulted in city officials being invited to participate in this week’s Cities United summit in New Orleans.
Feb 24th, 2014 by Tom Barrett
Milwaukee February 24, 2014 As Prepared for Delivery
Feb 20th, 2014 by Deanna Alexander
Supervisor Deanna Alexander said today that she supported efforts by Milwaukee Ald. Bob Donovan to reallocate funding for a downtown Milwaukee streetcar.
Feb 19th, 2014 by City of Milwaukee
Prestigious Training Effort will Help Milwaukee Address Foreclosures and Vacant Homes