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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 30+ 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. That is where Travis comes from, a faith driven, hard-working family that understands we are not entitled to anything but what we work our tails off to earn.
Travis received a Bachelor’s 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 is hard to get a sense of “home” anywhere you go, and he found that he was always looking for a place to land. He always had a desire to find a place to truly call home. Well, Missouri was and will always be that place. Missouri has changed his life in many ways, including meeting his wife here, starting his family here, having most of his immediate family here and Missourians throughout Callaway and Cole Counties as well as all across the state becoming like family.
Since moving to Missouri, Travis has worked for the Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA), 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 in Fulton.
From raising funds for ministries to helping manage a large state member association to working on a successful Missouri State Representative campaign for his father-in-law and assisting Representative Jeanie Riddle with her campaigns, Travis understands the responsibility and hard work it takes to become successful in your endeavors. 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!
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 a bogus unemployment insurance claim. Eventually the issue was resolved, but it wasn’t until after hours of paperwork and heartache did the issue finally conclude. 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 by encouraging entrepreneurship, innovation, and investment.
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. 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 taking our hard earned money through a terribly complex tax system that provides exemptions for large businesses, but hurts the little guy who just wants to compete in a fair market.
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 an 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. They expect their second child, a little girls, in August of 2014. 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: Fulton Area 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, Jefferson City Young Republicans