Tom Barrett (Michigan politician)

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Tom Barrett
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 71st district
Assumed office
January 1, 2015
Preceded by Theresa Abed
Personal details
Born (1981-04-30) April 30, 1981 (age 37)
Southfield, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ashley (m. 2008)
Residence Potterville, Michigan
Alma mater Western Michigan University (B.A., political science)
Website Campaign website
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Army National Guard
Years of service 1999-present
Rank Chief Warrant Officer 2
Unit Company B, 1-112th Aviation, 3-238th General Support Aviation Battalion, Grand Ledge
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom

Tom Barrett (born April 30, 1981) is a Republican Member of the Michigan House of Representatives, elected in 2014 by defeating the incumbent, Democrat Theresa Abed, by 148 votes.[1][2]

Prior to his election to the House, Barrett served as a liaison from the Michigan Department of Treasury to the Governor's office.[3]

Personal life, military service, and education[edit]

Barrett lives in Potterville with his wife Ashley and their three children, Patrick, Eleanora, and Gwendoline .

After graduating high school, Barrett joined the Army, where he has served for 15 years. He has served abroad in South Korea, Guantanamo Bay, Kuwait, and Iraq, and is a veteran of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He continues to serve in the Michigan Army National Guard, holding the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2.[4]

Barrett graduated from Western Michigan University earning a bachelor’s degree in Political science.[5]

Election history[edit]

Barrett was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2014, narrowly beating Democratic incumbent Theresa Abed.[6]

Barrett won re-election in 2016, defeating Theresa Abed, again. Barrett garnered 54% of the vote to Abed's 43% and Libertarian Marc Lord's 3%.[7]


  1. ^ "2014 Official Michigan General Election Results". State of Michigan. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Michigan 71st District State House Results: Tom Barrett Wins". Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  3. ^ About Tom | Tom for Michigan
  4. ^ "Tom Barrett, District 71 - Michigan House Republicans". Michigan House Republicans. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  5. ^ "Tom Barrett, District 71 - Michigan House Republicans". Michigan House Republicans. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  6. ^ "2014 Live Michigan election results: State House Districts 1-110". Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  7. ^ "2016 Michigan Official General Election Results - 11/08/2016". Retrieved 2017-09-17.

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