Mayor of Milwaukee since 2004, Thomas Barrett is currently the nation’s longest-serving big city mayor. He has led great lakes mayors in both Canada and the U.S. as the chair of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative, and spearheaded multiple clean, green initiatives in the city to clean up rivers, parks, and brownfields. He served five terms as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and was a State Senator and State Representative in Wisconsin. Barrett received a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. He clerked for the Honorable Robert W. Warren, Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
A Representative from Wisconsin; born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., December 8, 1953; graduated from Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, Wis.; B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., 1976; J.D., University of Wisconsin School of Law, 1980; clerk to United States Judge Robert Warren of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1980-1982; lawyer, private practice; unsuccessful candidate to the Wisconsin state assembly in 1982; member of the Wisconsin state assembly, 1984-1989; member of the Wisconsin state senate, 1989-1993; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Third and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1993-January 3, 2003); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Eighth Congress in 2002, but was an unsuccessful nominee for Governor of Wisconsin.