Freedom, Family, Faith

Freedom, family and faith have always been so important to me.

I’ll begin by saying that I’ve always appreciated the Founders of our country consistently making the case that we were “endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights” or inherent rights. What this means is that, from the beginning of time, when God created us as man and woman, he gave us  certain rights that were inherent in us all, that we all can enjoy. No one can take those rights away, and no human law has been made to give us these inherent rights, only to ensure them. When this country was founded, the ideals of free speech, freedom of religion, right to protect property and life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness were the main tenants for the establishment of this country.

In the same way the founders helped create this great nation by offering liberty and the freedom from tyrannical government that these ideals afford, it’s my desire to run for office to fight for these same ideals. No man or woman, or any earthly thing has given us these rights, they are from God. And, thusly, cannot be taken from us. But, in order to protect our freedoms from men and women who desire to control our lives through over reaching government, bureaucracies, mandates, executive orders, etc., we must fight for them. We must fight constantly against enemies of freedom both foreign and domestic.

Also, God created a man and a woman to be in relationship, to start families, to build happiness through the healthy relationship of marriage. It’s through the institution of marriage and families that this great nation built part of her foundation. And, it’s an institution I will fight for. Kids need both the father and mother in their lives, it’s so crucial. I will fight to encourage parents across Missouri to consider family as a priority for the success of our state and nation.

And, faith. We must return to our Founder’s Faith in God and country. We must have Faith in our fellow man (And we must earn it!). We must have Faith in our capitalistic free market which pulls more people out of poverty than any government program ever can or will.

We must stick together, and the three ideals that are most important to me are Freedom, Family and Faith. Join with me and let’s make Missouri even greater.

“Give me liberty or give me death!”

“Liberty is an attractive message,” said my friend, State Representative Paul Curtman during his CPAC speech last year. You really should watch the video, it’s below. People are attracted to freedom!

Think about it, our country was created to afford freedom to all of her people. We were under tyrannical rule, and Lady Liberty’s citizens were sick of it! We fought not for a government that over regulates, overtaxes, overspends and forces health care onto every citizen. No, we fought for a government that would stay out of our lives; protect us from enemies foreign and domestic; and ensure that we would never live under tyrannical rule again.

So, let’s fight together to ensure government sticks to the parameters of the constitution, both in Missouri and across the nation. Mainly, we just want to live our lives and not have the government constantly looking over our shoulders. Liberty is what we were promised with the US and Missouri constitution. Liberty is what I’ll fight for as state representative.

God bless,


Our Story – How Travis & Amy Met and How That Shapes Travis’ Stance on the Issues

My wife graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS after having grown up in Macon, Missouri. I met her while attending my sister’s graduation ceremonies, they were roommates their senior year in college. I was blown away not only by her beauty, but by her maturity. She had an air of confidence, not arrogance, but an understanding that she was loved and taken care of. She was and is feisty, with an incredibly adventurous spirit. She knew what she wanted, and she had short term vision on how to get there. But, her heart for others was what struck me after talking to her over the following summer for hours upon hours.

She loved people and was in the midst of returning from Romania to work at an orphanage for a month then work in Glacier National Park in Montana for a couple months to fulfill her adventure dream. After we were married and she finished graduate school to be a counselor, I began seeing the real talents in my wife beyond loving me unconditionally. She is fantastic with children. She loves them, and she understands them in ways most just will never comprehend. She specializes in play therapy as a (provisionally) licensed counselor and she’s great at it.

The point of giving you all this history is to show that not only did I marry an amazing woman, but her ability to love has shaped my stance on many issues. I remember recently being at a function for Sen. Mike Kehoe and praying that the Lord would allow me to have an interaction that would affirm my desire to run for political office. I figured someone would come tell me how excited they were that I was running. Instead, God taught me something else. He taught me that I’m in this thing to love others. I had an amazing conversation with a gentlemen who’s significant other was struggling with late term cancer and was not doing well. I listened, cared, and worried for him. I prayed for him after having left the event. It was God once again reminding me that it has never been about me; He has me in this to love others and do what I can to serve them.

Since being married, Amy has taught me so much about love and compassion. And, I hope throughout this campaign, we can show that our utmost desire is to love others, our community, our family and our state.

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging symbol.” 1 Corinthians 13:1