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Travis Childers

U.S. Representative Travis W. Childers

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 1st district
Assumed office 
May 13, 2008
Preceded by Roger Wicker

Prentiss County
Chancery Court Clerk
In office
1991 – 2008

Born March 29, 1958 (1958-03-29) (age 51)[1]
Booneville, Mississippi
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Tami Childers
Children Dustin & Lauren
Residence Booneville, Mississippi
Alma mater Northeast Mississippi Junior College
University of Mississippi
Occupation Realtor
Religion Baptist
Website Congressman Travis Childers

Travis Wayne Childers (born March 29, 1958 in Booneville, Mississippi) is the U.S. Representative from Mississippi's 1st congressional district.[2] The district includes much of the northern portion of the state including Columbus, Oxford, Southaven, and Tupelo.


Early life and career

Childers was born in Booneville in Prentiss County, Mississippi. His father, John Wayne Childers (a native of Glen), died when his son was 16 years old; in high school he worked nights and weekends at the first convenience store in Booneville to support his mother, Elizabeth "Betty" Childers, and sister, Tammy.

Childers attended Northeast Mississippi Junior College and then the University of Mississippi, where he received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1980.

While a student at Ole Miss, Childers became licensed as a Real Estate Salesperson by the Mississippi Real Estate Commission (MREC) and consequently became a Realtor. After graduating he joined Robert Davis' real estate business in Booneville and worked there throughout the 1980s. Eventually he became licensed as a Real Estate Broker by MREC prior to his ownership of Travis Childers Realty & Associates, a successful Northeast Mississippi real estate firm. He also owns, with his wife Tami, Landmark Community, a personal care home, and Landmark Nursing Center, an 80-bed skilled care facility and Alzheimer's disease unit.

In 1991, Childers was elected Prentiss County Chancery Clerk. He was re-elected five times (with 75 percent of the vote the final time). In 2001-2002, Childers served as president of the Mississippi Chancery Clerks Association.

U.S. Congress


2008 Special Election

A special election in Mississippi's 1st congressional district was triggered when 12-year Republican incumbent Roger Wicker was appointed by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour to the United States Senate seat vacated by Trent Lott.

Childers was endorsed by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal,[3] the Commercial Dispatch,[4] and the Commercial Appeal.[5]

Several candidates qualified for the election. In the initial April 22 special election, Childers won 49.4 percent of the vote, falling just 400 votes short of the majority (50 percent plus one) needed to avoid a runoff. On May 13, Childers faced Republican candidate Greg Davis (who had won 46.3 percent on April 22).[6][7] Childers won the runoff.

This election returned the district to the Democrats. The seat was held by Democrat Jamie Whitten of Charleston for 54 years — the longest tenure of any congressman until Michigan representative John Dingell passed the mark on February 11, 2009. Whitten retired in 1995 and was succeeded by Wicker. Childers' victory came as a major shock to the Republicans. The district has a decided conservative bent; Wicker had won his first race for the seat with 63 percent of the vote and hadn't faced serious opposition since. Also, the district has only supported the official Democratic candidate for president once since 1956; George W. Bush carried the district with 62 percent of the vote in 2004.

House Democratic leaders have stated they plan to appoint Childers to the Agriculture Committee.[8]

2008 General Election

Childers and Davis faced each other again in the General election on November 4, 2008.[2] Childers won a full term, defeating Davis 54% to 44%. [5]

Political positions

Childers, a Blue Dog Democrat,[9] has been described as a conservative Democrat.[10] Like many Democrats from Mississippi, he is pro-life and pro-gun.[11] However, on economic issues, Childers tends to vote more with his party. He supports increased funding for public education. He also favors a swift withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.[12]

In the 111th Congress, while voting for the stimulus packages and reauthorization of SCHIP,[13] Childers has voted against several more controversial bills, most notably the "Helping Families Save Their Homes Act".[14] Childers bucked the Democratic leadership in voting against both versions of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.[15]

More recently Childers voted against the 2009 Matthew Shepard Act (H.R. 1913) and joined most Blue Dog Democrats in opposing the 2009 American Clean Energy and Security Act[16].

Childers voted with 38 other Democrats against the Affordable Health Care for America Act. [17]

Committee assignments

Personal life

Childers and his wife, Tami, have two children: Dustin, a first-year student at Mississippi College School of Law, and Lauren, a freshman at the University of Mississippi. Childers and his family attend the East Booneville Baptist Church.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Roger Wicker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 1st congressional district

May 13, 2008 – present

Simple English

[[File:|thumbnail|Travis W. Childers]] Travis Wayne Childers (born March 29, 1958 in Booneville, Mississippi, United States) is an American politician. He represents Mississippi's 1st district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has Italian, English, French, Spanish, and Native American descent. He was first elected in May, 2008. On November 2, 2010, he was defeated by former state senator, Alan Nunnelee.

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