Milwaukee is the largest city in the State of Wisconsin and the fifth-largest city in the Midwestern United States. Milwaukee is the 31st largest city in the United States and is the main cultural and economic center of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Milwaukee has a mayor-council form of government. In 2004, Tom Barrett was first elected Mayor of the City of Milwaukee. A Common Council of 15 elected members, called Alderman, represent one of the 15 districts in the City and is the lawmaking body of the City of Milwaukee. The Common Council exercises policy-making and legislative powers of the City, including adoption of ordinances and resolutions, approval of the City’s annual budget, and the enactment of appropriation and tax levy ordinances. For additional information, please visit here.
Port Milwaukee is a Department within the City of Milwaukee government.
Tom Barrett was elected Milwaukee’s 40th Mayor on April 6, 2004, and has been reelected with over 70% of the vote in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Mayor Barrett continues to strengthen the City’s economy by creating family-supporting jobs and provide assistance to entrepreneurs. Mayor Barrett is creating hope in the lives of young people throughout the city with a number of workforce initiatives, including his Earn & Learn Initiative. Under the leadership of Mayor Barrett, Earn & Learn has placed more than 28,000 youth in summer jobs since its inception.
Mayor Barrett is 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 on 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 United States Congress. For additional information, please click here.