UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
CANDIDATE: Thomas Barrett
Mayor of Milwaukee since 2004, Thomas Barrett is currently the nation’s longest-serving big city mayor. In addition to spearheading multiple clean, green initiatives in the city to clean up rivers, parks, and brownfields, 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. He was an early proponent of violence prevention and racial justice programs in Milwaukee, and has presided over an economic and building boom, with billions of dollars in private investment across the city.
Mr. Barrett served five terms as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and was a State Senator and State Representative in Wisconsin. As a Member of Congress, he served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he was a tireless advocate for job creation and worker training. He also served on the Banking and Financial Services, Government Reform and Oversight, and Judiciary Committees. Mr. Barrett’s long career of public service at the state and federal level, combined with years of hands-on business and management experience as mayor, demonstrate that he is well-qualified to represent the United States as an ambassador.
Mr. 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.