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Western Minnesota Values Are American Values

On July 4th, 1776, the following words were forever etched into the mind of Americans “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”  I believe in these words, even if at times we have failed to live up to them.  My goal as your representative will be to ensure that we as a country live up to those words.

Here in Western Minnesota, we chafe at unreasonable restrictions that limit liberty, our ability to earn a living and live our lives to the upmost.  I want to reduce those restrictions from the federal level.  I believe in a limited federal Government only large enough to fulfil the duties assigned to it by the Constitution. The words “shall not be infringed” arepretty plain speaking.  For years, the rights granted by the Bill of Rights have been gradually chipped away, especially the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 10th amendments: I intend to work to rectify that.  I will work to defend those who cannot defend themselves, shrink Government, restore civil liberties, and remove restrictions placed on our small businesses.  I will never forget who I work for, the people of Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District.

While in the military he completed a bachelor’s in human resources with the University of Maryland/University Campus and a master’s in international Relations – Conflict Resolution concentration from the American Military University. He is currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota-Crookston where he is pursuing an animal science degree.

Upon retirement in June of 2018,he moved to Beltrami Mn on an 8-acre property where we started a small homestead. In addition to the homestead property, they also have another 40 acers that they use where they raise Kinder Goats, Belted Galloway Cattle, swine and poultry.

This past year they were blessed to add a daughter,Jamee to their family. Jamee will be a Senior at Crookston High school.

When Travis was first thinking about running it made him realize he really missed serving. For 20 years that was just who he was in the Army, he served hiscountry, and he served his Soldiers and realized this was an opportunity for him to continue to serve.  This is what he is hoping you will allow him to do.


Travis grew up in South-east Louisiana, he likes to tell people any further south and he would have gotten his feet wet! It was a small town called Larose, thatwas mostly a small agriculture, oilfield and seafood industry area. After graduating high school,he worked a couple jobs in the oil industry and for the American Red Cross before entering the Army in 1991. Upon entering the Army he served as a payroll clerk until 1997.

In 1993 he met his wife, the former Terri Weber who is from the Crookston/Fertile area of Polk County MN and they had their first two children, Christopher and Alexis (1993) and (1996). Chris is going to the University of North Dakota where he is studying Engineering. Alexis graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus in 2019 with a degree in Linguistics.

In 1997 they left the army and moved to the twin cities area, for one Mn winter before they moved to Texas as part of a job transfer. From 1997 to 2004 Travis worked in the car industry, first renting them and later in sales.

In 2004 Travis decided he needed to go back to school and finish hiseducation,so he joined the Texas National Guard in June 2004. By November of that year, he was prepping for a deployment to the middle east and in January 2005 he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.   While on deployment he realized how much he missed the military and missed serving so he transferred back over to active duty where he remained until 2018 when he retired as a Sergeant First Class and moved back to Minnesota to stay.

Travis’s assignments included duty stations in Germany, Atlanta, Kuwait, Colorado, Iraq, Portugal, South Korea, Washington DC (twice), and Amman, Jordan. His duties included Detachment Sergeant, Budget NCO, Military Pay Manager for Korea and Defense Attaché Staff NCO at the US Embassy in Amman Jordan.



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