Travis Childers knows hard work.
After the death of his father when Travis was 16 years-old and still in high school, he worked nights and weekends at Booneville’s first convenience store to help his mother and sister and then worked his way through college.
As a local small business owner and economic development leader, Travis Childers has made payroll and helped recruit and create thousands of jobs in North Mississippi.
In 2008, Travis won a special election to fill the seat of Congressman for Mississippi’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives left vacant by Senator Roger Wicker. He ran in and won five elections in 2008 before he gained a full term in November.
Travis, 56, has already established himself as a reliable and authentic voice for Mississippi, because he believes it’s not about left or right – it’s about right and wrong. He has consistently worked hard to create jobs, improve public education, and protect Mississippi values.
While serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Travis received the endorsements of the National Rifle Association (NRA), earning an “A-plus” pro-gun voting record, and the National Right to Life for his “exemplary pro-life record.” He also received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of his pro-business record.
Travis is a product of Mississippi public schools from grade school through college. He attended North- east Mississippi Junior College and the University of Mississippi, where in 1980 he received a degree in business administration. Even before graduating from Ole Miss, Travis was licensed as a realtor. He soon joined the real estate business of Robert Davis in his hometown of Booneville.
First elected in 1991, Travis served 16 years as Prentiss County Chancery Clerk. He balanced 16 budgets and was ranked as one of the most fiscally responsible Clerks in the state. His hard work and strong leadership were further recognized in 2001-2002 when Travis was chosen to serve as President of the Mississippi Chancery Clerks Association.
Travis has been married for 33 years to the former Tami Gibson. The couple has two children – Dustin, a graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law and practicing attorney in Booneville, and Lauren, an Ole Miss graduate and regional admissions counselor for the university. Travis attends the First United Methodist Church of Booneville.
The Childers family owns a personal care home, the Landmark Community, and the Landmark Nursing Center, an 80-bed skilled care facility and Alzheimer’s unit.
Travis is running for the United States Senate, because Mississippians shouldn’t be just getting by – we should be building for the future and above all else, we should be putting Mississippi first.