Mandela Barnes

Mandela Barnes
Candidate For State Senate 04

Mandela Barnes

Candidate Background


P.O. Box 90541
Milwaukee, WI 53209

Phone Number: 
(414) 949-5878
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Candidate Biography

In 2012, Mandela Barnes was elected to serve in the Wisconsin State Legislature. Representative Barnes is a Wisconsin native and proud MPS graduate.

After returning to Milwaukee, Representative Barnes interned in the Office of Mayor Tom Barrett, eventually moving into the position of Staff Assistant. After leaving the Mayor’s Office, Barnes began working in the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, and eventually became the Lead Organizer and Director for Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH), a coalition of faith-based groups advocating for social justice in the greater-Milwaukee community.

Representative Barnes was sworn into office on January 7th, 2013, and currently serves on the following legislative committees: Corrections (Ranking Member), Education, Small Business Development, and Jobs & the Economy. Representative Barnes was also elected chairman of the Legislature's Black and Latino Caucus. Representative Barnes has authored bills that creates jobs, protects voters from fraud, provides small businesses with tax relief, safeguards children’s health, enhances public safety, encourages responsible gun ownership, and bans employment discrimination, among others.

In 2015 Representative Barnes was recognized as the "Elected Official of the Year" by the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County.