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Travis has grown up in a family that believes in hard work and common sense. His grandfathers both began work to provide for their families at very young ages. His father worked non-stop to get through college and graduate school while being employed full-time and providing for his wife and children. And, his mother has worked tirelessly to raise her three kids and now 7 and counting grandchildren over the last 32 years while working at credit unions, school districts and teaching piano to help pay the bills.
The Fitzwater family has instilled work ethic, values and faith into the very fiber of their home. And, that’s where Travis comes from, a faith driven, hard working family that understands we aren’t entitled to anything but what we work our tails off to earn.
From raising funds for ministries to helping manage a large member state association to running a Missouri state representative campaign for his father-in-law and himself, Travis understands the responsibility and hard work it takes to become successful in life. He also understands what it takes to get things done, and that happens when a person with a great work ethic and relational skills can bring folks together to move toward a common goal. And, thanks to this great nation, we have the freedom to excel in so many different ways!
Travis received a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, where he was recruited to play sports and was involved in student government throughout his time there. After college, Travis joined a college ministry that functioned to positively affect the lives of young men and women on a college campus by helping them build their faith.
After leaving South Carolina, Travis moved “Home” to Missouri. You see, when your family has moved as much as Travis’ has, it’s hard to get a sense of “home” anywhere you go, but he found that he was always looking for a place to land. He always had a desire to find a place to call home. Well, Missouri was and is that place. Missouri has changed his life in so many ways. He met his wife in Missouri, has started his family in Missouri, has all of his immediate family in Missouri, and Missourians throughout Callaway and Cole Counties as well as all of Missouri have become like family.
Since moving to Missouri, Travis has worked for the Missouri Pharmacy Association, first as the Marketing Coordinator, then taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer, nearly 5 years after first being hired. The MPA represents pharmacists all over Missouri, with the majority of them working in independently owned and operated stores like Dunavants, Saults and Red Cross Pharmacy, all in Fulton.
Also, in 2009 Travis started his own business, Fitzwater Enterprises, LLC. Travis has an entrepreneurial heart and this seemed like the next step in fulfilling his dream to own a business. From the outset, Travis learned very quickly about government intervention into the lives of business. Within 6 months of incorporating, he was contacted by the Missouri State Government about an unemployment insurance claim. Eventually the issue was resolved, but it wasn’t until after hours of paperwork and heartache did the issue finally go away. This was another catalyst for Travis’ desire to run for office. If his little business had this kind of trouble within 6 months of incorporation, then surely others had to be dealing with the same problems. And, sure enough, in just a couple weeks on the campaign trail, Travis had heard story after story from local businesses about government’s intrusion into their lives. Travis’ fresh perspective on business, education and technology, he believes, will help get the government out of the way, and allow Missouri to become the great state it ought to be.
The desire to get in the ring and fight for our liberties was also stoked by Travis’ involvement with Americans for Prosperity and the Tea Parties. Travis and his father-in-law (State Representative Tim Remole) attended many tea parties all over Mid-Missouri. Also, he has traveled to Moberly, Columbia, Fulton, Jefferson City for Tea Parties, and he even went to Washington D.C. for the “Defending the American Dream Summit” put on by Americans for Prosperity. Travis got to meet hundreds of Missourians who have seen the government overstep it’s bounds in our lives, reducing the amount of freedom we enjoy as a society, and stealing our hard earned money through a terrible tax system that provides exemptions for large businesses (And their cronies), but hurts the little guy who just wants to compete in a fair market. The tea party was another catalyst for Travis’ desire to run for office.
Finally, Travis believes that common sense will go a long way in Jefferson City. They say, “Common sense ain’t so common,” and that’s especially true in politics. There’s absolutely no reason Callaway County shouldn’t be moving forward with a new nuclear plant investment, especially when you consider that Ameren has committed to getting something built numerous times. Any type of construction on a power plant at Ameren’s Fulton property, whether it’s building a huge nuclear reactor like the one that is currently there or the innovative and newer technology Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), the investment in these plants would create hundreds, if not thousands of jobs. This is just common sense. We must invest not only in creating an environment for good job creation, but also this state has a rare opportunity to invest in energy and become less dependent on fossil fuels for our needs.
To conclude, Travis believes wholeheartedly in this state! He believes it was a great idea for Mizzou to go into the SEC, because why shouldn’t our college play in the best conference in America? In the same way, we can make Missouri competitive and THE elite state in our great nation. And, the recipe for that to happen is HARD WORK, A FRESH PERSPECTIVE, AND COMMON SENSE!
Quick Facts About Travis:
- Married to his wife Amy who grew up in Excello, MO (Just outside of Macon). They had their first child, Sadie, in April 2012. Amy is formerly the school counselor at New Bloomfield Elementary and has also worked at North Elementary in Holts Summit while getting her graduate degree at Stephens College. She is now moving into private practice as a Provisional Licensed Counselor and will be seeing clients from all over central Missouri. Find out more about Amy at her website!
- Board member at the Jefferson City Church of the Nazarene
- Committee Chairman of the Jefferson City Area Young Life ministry
- Graduated from the Leadership Missouri program put on by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in 2007
- Memberships include: Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce, National Rifle Association (NRA), Eagle Forum, United for Missouri, Americans for Prosperity, Missouri Society of Association Executives, Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum, Callaway County Young Professionals