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
Jan 20th, 2015 by Jeramey Jannene
Aldermen Witkowski and Perez now favor it, and touted plan to extend the line into their south-side districts.
Jan 20th, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
Ald. Bauman and others are certain that dark money is pouring in for this, which streetcar opponents deny.
Jan 14th, 2015 by Samuel Jensen
The planned route will duplicate bus routes and won’t solve any of the city’s needs.
Jan 14th, 2015 by Tom Bamberger
The Bay View “art stop” is neither art nor a good bus stop. For one-tenth the price, the city could have done far better.
Jan 8th, 2015 by Michael Horne and Bruce Murphy
Conservatives from outside Milwaukee hope to join forces with black city residents to oppose the streetcar.
Jan 6th, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
Almost overnight, the city has become an international leader in water technology, says the national media. Are they right?
Press Releases Referencing Tom Barrett
Jan 22nd, 2015 by Joe Davis, Sr.
Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. January 22, 2015
Jan 20th, 2015 by Press Release
Open Letter in Support of The Milwaukee Streetcar
Jan 16th, 2015 by Bob Donovan
Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan
Jan 15th, 2015 by Russell Stamper, II
Mayor Barrett will join Alderman Stamper for meeting Tuesday at MAWIB
Jan 12th, 2015 by Marquette University
On the eve of a pivotal Milwaukee Common Council vote, Barrett will make his case for the proposed Milwaukee streetcar project.
Jan 5th, 2015 by Bob Donovan
News conference set for 1 p.m. TODAY at City Hall