As Milwaukee’s Chief Executive, Tom Barrett is making neighborhood streets 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 crime reduction. Mayor Barrett continues to work to leverage 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 through his Youth Summer Jobs Program. Barrett has outlined his vision for a greener Milwaukee to bring cleaner air and a healthier environment to residents. He is also one of the region’s greatest champions for the Great Lakes and was a vocal proponent of passage of the Great Lakes Compact.
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. House of Representatives. Barrett and his wife, Kris, live in Milwaukee's Washington Heights Neighborhood with their four children: Tommy, Annie, Erin and Kate.