Lieutenant Governor Barnes is an alumnus of Alabama A&M University. After his time there, he worked for various political campaigns and in the city of Milwaukee mayor's office, eventually becoming an organizer for Milwaukee Inner City Congregation Allied for Hope, a Milwaukee-based interfaith coalition that advocates for social justice. He also worked for the State Innovation Exchange, a national progressive public policy organization.
In 2012, at the age of 25, Lt. Gov. Barnes was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, where he served two terms. His tenure in the State Assembly included serving as Chair of the Legislature's Black and Latino Caucus and becoming a recognized leader on progressive economic policies and gun violence prevention legislation.
Within his current role, Lt. Gov. Barnes uses a platform of sustainability and equity to fight for solutions that invest in oppourtunities and fairness for every child, person, and family in Wisconsin, regardless of ZIP code.