Barrett Confirmation Hearing Set for Tuesday
If Mayor Tom Barrett is quickly confirmed, mayoral election would occur alongside Spring elections.
Mayor Tom Barrett‘s pending appointment to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg could be moving forward.
Barrett missed the Wisconsin Center groundbreaking Thursday because he was in Washington D.C. meeting with Republican U.S. Senate staffers. It appears it was a fruitful meeting.
His appointment, first announced Aug. 25 by President Joe Biden, previously appeared to be stalled alongside dozens of others as Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) engaged Biden in a proxy war over a Russian gas pipeline.
Cruz, alongside Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), serves on the committee before which Barrett will appear. The committee is chaired by Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), with whom Barrett served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 through 2003.
But a vote on the nomination has not been scheduled.
Barrett, 67, has served as Milwaukee mayor since 2004 and is the longest-serving big-city mayor in the country. He was re-elected four times, most recently in April 2020.
Luxembourg is a sovereign nation led by a monarch, the grand duke. It also has a parliament led by a prime minister. The official language of the country is Luxembourgish, along with administrative languages of German and French.
The ambassador post is currently held by Casey Mace, the embassy’s charge d’affaires (chief of mission). Mace took on the caretaker role after appointed ambassador Randy Evans stepped down following the end of President Donald Trump‘s term in January.
Special Election Timeline
Barrett’s nomination moving forward would set in motion a series of events in Milwaukee.
If and when Barrett steps down, Common Council President Cavalier Johnson would become acting mayor until a special election is called. He would not have to resign from his council seat to become acting mayor, but could not vote during the time he is acting mayor.
Put simply, if Barrett resigns and the council calls a special election between Nov. 15 and Dec. 28, the special election would take place alongside the non-partisan spring elections. That would save the city the approximately $350,000 cost of staging a standalone election said Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg earlier this month.
A primary would be held Feb. 15 and a general election April 5. The position is non-partisan.
Johnson was the first to file for the race. Sheriff Earnell Lucas is also running, as is current alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and former alderman Robert Donovan. Other candidates that have filed include entrepreneur and Swarmm Events founder Michael Sampson, activist and former aldermanic candidate Nicholas McVey and Sheila Conley-Patterson.
The winner of the special election would not get a full four-year term, but instead the remainder of Barrett’s term, which ends in April 2024.
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- Tom Barrett Presents Credentials To Grand Duke, Assumes Ambassadorship - Jeramey Jannene - Feb 10th, 2022
- Johnson Ceremonially Sworn In As Mayor - Jeramey Jannene - Dec 23rd, 2021
- Tom Barrett Takes Oath To Serve As Ambassador - Jeramey Jannene - Dec 23rd, 2021
- City Hall: Council Calls April 5 Special Election For Mayor - Jeramey Jannene - Dec 23rd, 2021
- The Incredible Rise of Cavalier Johnson - Jeramey Jannene - Dec 22nd, 2021
- City Hall: Mayor Tom Barrett Resigns - Jeramey Jannene - Dec 22nd, 2021
- Cavalier Johnson Says He’s Ready To Be Mayor - Jeramey Jannene - Dec 17th, 2021
- It Could Be Many Weeks Before Barrett Goes to Luxembourg - Jeramey Jannene - Dec 17th, 2021
- Tom Barrett Confirmed as Ambassador to Luxembourg, Resignation Expected - Jeramey Jannene - Dec 16th, 2021
- Will City Have New Mayor By End of Year? - Jeramey Jannene - Dec 15th, 2021
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