Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett Announces Campaign for State Representative in 71st District Republicans Target Eaton County State House Seat

For Immediate Release:
September 9, 2013

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Potterville, MI — Tom Barrett (R-Potterville) today announced his candidacy for state representative in the 71st district, which includes the majority of Eaton County. Barrett, 32, pledged to be an independent, fiscally conservative voice in the Legislature.

“If elected, I pledge to honor the constitution, fight to bring more jobs to Eaton County, and always remember that it’s your money the legislature spends,” said Barrett. “I look forward to earning your vote.”

Barrett is a combat veteran, warrant officer, and helicopter pilot in the Michigan Army National Guard based out of Grand Ledge. He has 13 years of military experience having served the Army in both active duty and National Guard status. Barrett has spent multiple years overseas including extended deployments to Iraq and Guantanamo Bay for which he has been awarded two Army Commendation Medals.

"Tom Barrett has good character, sound judgment and a strong work ethic,” said State Senator Rick Jones, “He would make a great State Representative for Eaton County.

Barrett also works within the executive division of the Michigan Department of Treasury where he serves as the good government liaison to the governor's office and is assigned to the Michigan Land Bank board of directors as the Treasurer’s designee. In these roles he is tasked with finding ways to help the State of Michigan reduce costs, increase the quality of services, and efficiently complete blight elimination and land reutilization projects.

Barrett, along with his wife Ashley and son Patrick, live in Potterville, where they are active members of the community. They are parishioners of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Grand Ledge. Tom is also a member of the National Rifle Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. Ashley is a member of the United Auto Workers.

Barrett is the first Republican to declare a candidacy in the 71st District, which is currently held by incumbent Theresa Abed (D-Grand Ledge). For more information on Tom Barrett’s campaign for State Representative, please visit


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