Tom Barrett was elected Milwaukee’s 40th mayor on April 6, 2004, and has been re-elected with more than 70 percent of the vote in 2008, 2012 and 2016. As Milwaukee’s chief executive, Mayor Barrett continues to strengthen the city’s economy by creating family-supporting jobs and provide assistance to entrepreneurs. He is also one of the region’s greatest champions for the Great Lakes and is the past Chair of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a binational organization comprised of local officials actively working to protect and restore the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. The mayor is recognized as a national leader on stormwater mitigation, sustainable manufacturing and urban agriculture. Mayor 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 Senate and served five terms in the U.S. Congress.