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Thomas J. Barrett

Thomas J. Barrett
VADM Thomas J. Barrett
Born (1947-01-15) January 15, 1947
New York City, New York
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Coast Guard
Years of service 1969–2004
Rank Vice Admiral
Battles/wars Cold War
September 11, 2001 attacks
Other work Deputy Secretary of Transportation 2007–2009

Thomas J. Barrett (born January 15, 1947) is a former United States Coast Guard officer and former Deputy Secretary of Transportation from 2007 until 2009.[1]


Barrett earned a Army War College and the National Defense University Capstone Course in National Security Strategy and Military Capabilities.

He served 35 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and held the position of Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard from 2002 until 2004. In that capacity, he served as second in command, Agency Acquisition Executive, coordinated the Coast Guard Leadership Council, and co-chaired with the Vice Chief of Naval Operations the Navy-Coast Guard Board, an inter-service policy coordination body. He was instrumental in improving maritime security post 9/11, expanding Coast Guard support to the National Foreign Intelligence Community, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, and smoothly transitioning the Coast Guard into the new Department of Homeland Security. Barrett was the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

On May 31, 2006 Barrett was sworn in by then Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta as the first permanent administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).[2]

From 2007 to 2009 Barrett served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, responsible for its day-to-day management, the $61.1 billion budget, 10 modal administrations, and approximately 60,000 employees while continuing his duties as PHMSA administrator.

Personal life

Barrett is married to the former Sheila Walker of Syracuse, New York. They are parents of four children, Tom, a Major in the United States Army and Iraq veteran, Matt, Rebecca and Paul, a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, also Iraq veteran.


  1. ^ United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (2006). Nominations to the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce: hearing before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, second session, February 7, 2006 4. U.S. G.P.O. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  2. ^ " : Resources For The President's Team". Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  • Biography, from the U.S. Department of Transportation
Military offices
Preceded by
Thomas H. Collins
Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
Succeeded by
Terry M. Cross
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