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Tom Barrett
Tom Barrett.jpg
Mayor of Milwaukee
In office
2004 – Present
Term ends
Years in position 11
Base salary$145,000/yaer
Elections and appointments
Last election2012
First elected2004
Next general2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District
1993 – 2003
Wisconsin State Senate
District 5
1989 – 1993
High schoolMarquette University High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Madison, Wisconsin (1976)
J.D.University of Madison, Wisconsin (1980)
Date of birth12/8/1953
Office website
Campaign website
Tom Barrett (b. December 8, 1953) is the Mayor of the City of Milwaukee. He was a Democratic candidate for Wisconsin Governor in the recall election against incumbent Gov. Scott Walker and 2010 candidate for Governor of Wisconsin[1]. He lost the 2010 general election to Republican Scott Walker in both elections.


Successively elected to the State House in 1984, the State Senate in 1989, the U.S. House of Representatives in 1993, and the Mayorship of Milwaukee in 2004, Tom Barret has long been a fixture in Wisconsin politics. His mother, Gertrude, was a Door County native who lost her first husband in WWII. His father, Thomas, an Air Force pilot was deployed to Wisconsin for training during WWII, and returned to the area. The two met at UW-Madison. The family settled in Milwaukee where Tom grew up.

He still lives in Milwaukee's Washington Heights neighborhood with his wife, Kris, and their four children.

Barrett earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and clerked for Judge Robert Warren of the Eastern District of Wisconsin federal court from 1980 to 1982. That year he made his first foray into politics, losing a run for the state House. Two years later, he won a special election in April of 1984 for the 14th Assembly District[2]. Barrett was re-elected in November of 1984, 1986, and 1988. In December of 1989, Barrett ran for the 5th State Senate District in a special election and won[2]. Three years later, Congressman Jim Moody announced his retirement and Barrett ran for his empty seat in Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District.

Wisconsin lost a seat in the 2000 Census and Barrett declined to compete in a primary for the newly drawn 4th Congressional District in 2002. He first ran for Governor that year, but lost the Democratic primary to eventual Governor Jim Doyle. In 2004, he ousted incumbent Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt and was re-elected as Mayor in 2008.


  • University of Madison, Wisconsin, J.D., 1980
  • University of Madison, Wisconsin, B.A., 1976
  • Marquette University High School



See also: Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin (2012)

Barrett ran for Wisconsin Governor in the recall election against incumbent Gov. Scott Walker. He lost to Walker in the recall on June 5, 2012. Hariprasad "Hari" Trivedi came in third.

Recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Walker Incumbent 53.1% 1,335,585
     Democratic Tom Barrett 46.3% 1,164,480
     Independent Hari Trivedi 0.6% 14,463
     Scattering - 0.1% 1,537
Total Votes 2,516,065
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Barrett easily won the primary on May 8[3] against Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, Secretary of State Douglas La Follette and protest candidate Gladys Huber.[4][5]

Recall petitions were turned in on January 17, 2012 and certified on March 30, the same day Barrett officially declared he was running.[6]

Wisconsin Governor Recall - Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Barrett 58.1% 390,191
Kathleen Falk 34.1% 229,236
Kathleen Vinehout 4% 26,967
Doug La Follette 2.9% 19,497
Gladys Huber 0.7% 4,847
Scattering 0.1% 864
Total Votes 671,602
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.


  • Wisconsin Professional Police Association[7]
  • U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl[8]
  • Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters[9]
  • National Association of Police Organizations[10]


See also: Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Barrett lost to Scott Walker (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[11] James James (Common Sense) and Jim Langer (I) also ran.

Wisconsin Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Walker 52.2% 1,128,941
     Democratic Tom Barrett 46.5% 1,004,303
     Independent Jim Langer 0.5% 10,608
     Libertarian No candidate 0.3% 6,790
     CS James James 0.4% 8,273
     Independent Leslie Ervin Smetak 0% 19
     Independent Patricia Messici 0% 22
     Independent Hari Trivedi 0% 18
     - Scattering 0.1% 1,858
Total Votes 2,160,832

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Moody
U.S. Representative-Wisconsin 5th District
Succeeded by
Jim Sensenbrenner
Preceded by
Mordecai Lee
Wisconsin State Senate District 5
Succeeded by
Peggy A. Rosenzwig