Member Biography

Thomas E. Barrett Sr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1949-1950       45 Democrat
1951-1952       45 Democrat

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


09/17/1904 - 11/17/1969

Thomas E. Barrett, Sr. (D45) Allegheny (Part) County 1949-1952

Early Life:            

Thomas E. Barrett, Sr., born September 17, 1904, Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; son of Edward J. and Elizabeth McCarthy Barrett; Saint Mary Magdalene Parocial School education; Homestead High School; Duquesne University Evening School; secretary; chief clerk, office of the clerk of courts, Allegheny County; elected, council president, Homestead Borough; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Special Election, 1942-1948; not a candidate for reelection, 1948; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1949-1952; unsuccessful campaign, State Senate, 1952; elected, clerk of courts, Allegheny County, 1953-1969; Mayor, Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1963-1969; Chairman, Democrat Allegheny County Committee; married, Marie R. Cloherty Barrett, children, Marie Barrett Coyne, Eileen Benish, Betty Barrett, Thomas E. Barrett, Jr., Edward M. Barrett; died November 17, 1969 (aged 65), speaking fundraising dinner, Holiday House, Monroeville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Mary Magdalene Cemetery, Munhall, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Secretary, Eagles Aerie 769; member, Homestead Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Hays Moose, Homestead Turners, Homestead Ancient Order of Hibernians, Knights of Equality, Knights of Columbus, Pittsburgh Musical Society. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, council president, Homestead Borough.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Special Election, May 19, 1942; Sworn-In, August 4, 1942, serve the remaining 1941 term; reelected, 1943-1948; appointed, Joint Legislative Committee on Industrial Development and Expansion, 1947-1948; not a candidate for reelection, 1948.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 45th district, Allegheny (Part) County, 1949-1952; unsuccessful reelection campaign, State Senate, 1952. 

Elected, clerk of courts, Allegheny County, 1953-1969. 

Mayor, Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1963-1969.

Chairman, Democrat Allegheny County Committee.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Tuesday, November 18, 1969, page 1.

Thomas E. Barrett (1904-1969) - Find a Grave Memorial