Family and Personal:
Rep. Travis is married with two children and three grandchildren and is an insurance agent.
He is a member of the Downtown Dayton Association, Pikeville, Dayton, Dunlap, and Roane County Chambers of Commerce, Civitan, and the Emmaus Community.
Councils and Boards:
He is Chair of the House Insurance and Banking Committee. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Southeast Tennessee Rural Planning Organization and board of directors of the National Association of Christian Athletes.
Rep. Travis: (R) Member: Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and Naming and Designating Committee. Rep. Travis is a very pleasant fellow and has supported TLRC by co-sponsoring four of our thirty-eight chosen positions. He had only one dissenting vote on a bill that was not vote-scored, earning him a 100% vote score, but with an asterisk; he missed nine important votes for which we have no explanation.
Here are the four bills he co-sponsored:
SR0023 – Rudd – Resolution creating a bi-cameral panel to research the recall of Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle (failed in House Civil Justice subcommittee).
A media story on the subject:
House Subcommittee’s Orchestrated Actions ‘Emboldened and Protected’ an Activist Judiciary That Changed Absentee Voting Law – Tennessee Star
SB0230/HB0016 – Hensley/Cepicky – Teacher’s discipline freedom, creating a path for the removal of unruly student (passed).
SB0228/HB0003 – Hensley/Cepicky – Protects female athletes by prohibiting biological males from participating in women’s sports (passed).
SB1534/HB0966 – Carringer /Roberts – Elections: prohibits private or corporate funding for state and local elections, eliminating the possible influencing of the process in favor of one candidate or party over the others (passed).
Travis earned a commendable 9.5 out of 10 on constitutional fidelity, but the missing votes on controversial bills leaves some doubt. His only errant vote was in favor of:
SB0783/HB1204 – Massey/Zachary – Authorizes a special sales and use tax allocation to finance Randy Boyd’s Baseball stadium in Knoxville at the expense of Tennessee taxpayers—Boyd is a mega-millionaire (passed).
Media stories on the subject:
Boyd Sports to Profit from Events Held at Taxpayer-Funded Stadium – Tennessee Star
Travis sponsored only five bills, none of which passed into law. We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the laws that exist. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. Can Ron Travis fit that role? We need some evidence and that seems to be in short supply. We are at a crisis point and now is the time to stand for the people instead of special interests, the wealthy, and well-connected, and against those who assume power through corruption and coercion. If we do not, we could very well lose our republic and our liberties.