Tom Barrett is in his second term in the Michigan House of Representatives, serving the residents of Eaton County. He is also a soldier in the Army, where he has deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, Guantanamo Bay, and South Korea. He still serves part time in the Army as a Blackhawk and Lakota helicopter pilot based in Grand Ledge.
When Tom was elected in 2014 he became the only Iraq War Veteran to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives. He won his first state house race by only 148 votes in one of the closest elections in Michigan that year. In his first term he was appointed Chairman of the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs (a rare opportunity for a freshman legislator). He introduced legislation to repeal the pension tax, supported efforts to reduce auto insurance rates, and fought tirelessly for our veterans, introducing six bills that were signed into law that help Michigan veterans. In addition, Tom was instrumental in investigating concerns and adding accountability at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, where an audit had exposed abuse, neglect, and cover-up. Tom went on to win reelection in 2016 by more than 5,000 votes.
Tom has stood up for our conservative values and principles, and his voting record in the State House has consistently been ranked among the most conservative. He is 100% pro-life, and as a dad he knows that life is a gift from God to be respected and protected. In fact, Planned Parenthood even declared him their “Chump of the Day” because of his Pro-Life advocacy.
Tom currently serves as the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, where he partners with farmers across Michigan to create policies that will encourage growth in the second largest industry in our state.
He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Ashley, and their three children, Patrick, Eleanora, and Gwendolyn. In 2017 he announced his campaign to replace term-limited State Senator Rick Jones in the 24th senate district, which includes Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee, and parts of Ingham Counties.