Tom Barrett (Wisconsin)
|Mayor of Milwaukee|
|2004 – Present|
|Years in position||11|
|Elections and appointments|
|Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District|
|1993 – 2003|
|Wisconsin State Senate|
|1989 – 1993|
|High school||Marquette University High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Madison, Wisconsin (1976)|
|J.D.||University of Madison, Wisconsin (1980)|
|Date of birth||12/8/1953|
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. 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. 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)
|Recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, 2012|
|Republican||Scott Walker Incumbent||53.1%||1,335,585|
|Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board|
Recall petitions were turned in on January 17, 2012 and certified on March 30, the same day Barrett officially declared he was running.
|Wisconsin Governor Recall - Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Doug La Follette||2.9%||19,497|
|Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.|
- Wisconsin Professional Police Association
- U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl
- Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
- National Association of Police Organizations
In 2014, Barrett's campaign fund was required to donate over $20,000 to charity as a result of taking too much money in donations from special interest groups during the recall election. The Government Accountability Board discovered that Barrett had gone over the $700,830 limit on donations from political action committees in 2012. Barrett had accepted $720,911. Patrick Guarasci, a political adviser for Barrett's campaign, said the error was made by accident and the overage of $20,081 was donated to "Earn & Learn," a program created by Barrett to provide summer jobs to Milwaukee teens.
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- Associated Press/C-SPAN, "Campaign 2012 - Wisconsin Election Results," June 5, 2012
- UW-Madison Digital Archives, "1991-1992 Wisconsin Blue Book," accessed April 22, 2014(See Page 31)
- WTAQ, "Recall elections officially ordered against Gov. Walker, 5 other GOP lawmakers," March 30, 2012
- Wisconsin State Journal, "GOP's fake Democrats for recall primaries named," April 5, 2012
- Chicago Tribune, "Walker, Barrett begin sprint to historic vote," May 9, 2012
- Bellingham Herald, "Milwaukee mayor throws hat in ring with upcoming recall election of governor," March 31, 2012
- Star Tribune, "Largest police union endorses Democrat Tom Barrett in Wisconsin governor recall," April 24, 2012
- FOX 11 Online, "Gov. candidates get big-name endorsements," April 30, 2012
- Examiner, "WLCV endorses Tom Barrett for Governor," May 16, 2012
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Walker, Barrett pick up national endorsements," May 24, 2012
- Journal Sentinel, "Barrett campaign forfeited $20,000 for recall election violation," April 16, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System," December 8, 2010
|Mayor of Milwaukee
| Succeeded by|
|U.S. Representative-Wisconsin 5th District
| Succeeded by|
|Wisconsin State Senate District 5
| Succeeded by|
Peggy A. Rosenzwig
State of Wisconsin
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