Former U.S. Representative from Mississippi
Travis W. Childers is vice chair of the Stennis Center’s Board of Trustees. He served as the U.S. Representative for Mississippi’s First Congressional District from May 2008 until January 2011. As a small businessman, he served on the House Financial Services Committee. Travis was the only member of the Mississippi delegation on the House Agriculture Committee. He reestablished and co-chaired the bipartisan Congressional Rural Caucus.
Travis Childers has been a driving force in his North Mississippi community for over 30 years and has helped create regional jobs by working with an enterprising and bipartisan spirit.
Before coming to Congress, Travis served as Chancery clerk in his native Prentiss County. He also owns Travis Childers Realty & Associates, one of the most successful real estate firms in Northeast Mississippi. Together, Travis and his wife Tami also own the Landmark Community, a personal care home, and the Landmark Nursing Center, an 80-bed skilled care facility and Alzheimer’s unit.
After the death of his father when Travis was 16 and still in high school, he worked nights and weekends at Booneville’s first convenience store to help support his mother and sister.
Travis attended Northeast 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 became a licensed realtor and joined the real estate business of Robert Davis in his hometown of Booneville.
In 1991, Prentiss County neighbors elected Travis as their chancery clerk and re-elected him to a fifth term in 2007 with 75 percent of the vote. From 2001 to 2002, professional peers across the state chose Travis to serve as President of the Mississippi Chancery Clerks Association.
Travis is married to the former Tami Gibson, and the couple has two children – Dustin, a graduate of Mississippi College School of Law, and Lauren, a recent graduate of Ole Miss. They all are members of East Booneville Baptist Church.