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
Apr 21st, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
Many are moving from suburbs to Downtown and Walker's Point, seeking younger workers.
Apr 19th, 2015 by Brendan O’Brien
Milwaukee Police, Marquette University and Harley-Davidson involved in project to redevelop area and cut crime.
Apr 17th, 2015 by Sharon McGowan
More than 800 nonprofit, corporate and public-sector leaders attended event at Potawatomi Hotel.
Apr 14th, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
Republicans and Democrats conspire to create stealth taxes to fund the NBA arena. Will they succeed?
Apr 13th, 2015 by Molly Rippinger
In less than two months, 28 small businesses have gotten loans. Kiva hopes to increase that to 200.
Apr 9th, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
Gov. Walker is a latest of state politicians from both parties who have an aversion to federal funds.
Press Releases Referencing Tom Barrett
Apr 17th, 2015 by Joe Davis, Sr.
Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. April 17, 2015
Apr 16th, 2015 by Michael Murphy
Statement of Common Council President Michael J. Murphy April 16, 2015
Apr 14th, 2015 by Joe Davis, Sr.
“Instead, over my repeated objections and concerns, the Mayor uses it to fund city services year in and year out.”
Apr 14th, 2015 by Bob Donovan
Milwaukee on target for 200 homicides in 2015
Apr 10th, 2015 by Bob Donovan
Milwaukee’s auto theft rate 12 times higher than that of New York City
Apr 9th, 2015 by Bob Donovan
“I’m asking the mayor where the buck stops, because to me it sure doesn’t look like it stops at his desk.”