Travis in race for House of Representatives
Keith Travis, a resident of Benton, announced Thursday, January 9, 2014, his intentions to file his Republican candidacy papers for the office of Kentucky House of Representatives, 6th District with the Secretary of State on January 15th. Travis is a 61 year old native of Marshall County who is employed as Vice President of Development for Murray Calloway County Hospital; his wife of 35 years, Joan Stratton Travis is employed by the Marshall County Board of Education. The Travis' have two children, a daughter Dr. Julia Travis Lyles and husband Dr. Adam Lyles of Benton and a son, Mr. James Travis of Las Vegas, Nevada; they also have three grandchildren who reside in Benton. Mr. Travis has been involved in many civic organizations during his career serving on the Marshall County Chamber and was also named Citizen of the Year in Marshall County. Travis served five years on the Marshall County Board of Education leaving that position for an appointment by Governor Patton to the Kentucky Board of Education for 10 years, during which time he also served as Chairman of the Board. He currently serves on the CASA Board of Directors, is President of Murray Main Street and President Elect of the Murray Rotary Club, where he was selected as Rotarian of the Year in 2013 by the Murray organization.
Mr. Travis graduated from North Marshall High School and completed his college education at the University of Kentucky earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He spent the first 25 years of his career in engineering and management in the Calvert City industrial complex including an international startup for B. F. Goodrich in Argentina in 1987. His professional career took him to Murray in 2000 as Director of Human Resources with Mattel, then as Human Resource Manager for the startup of Pella Corporation and he later began his career with Murray Calloway County Hospital in 2004 as Vice President of Human Resources. He and his wife attend the Benton Church of Christ where he has served as an Elder since August of 2000.
Travis stated that he felt it was time in his career to seek the House of Representative seat and wanted to place his experience and resume before the voters for their review and consideration. His goals for the office would be to move the district and Kentucky forward in a manner that created economic growth with less governmental intervention. He stated that he was concerned with the direction of the nation and felt that Kentucky had followed suit in many areas while failing to advance the quality of life within the state. Travis said that his campaign team would soon be announced and that a website was being developed; he wants to be accessible to each voter as he respectfully solicits the job of 6th District Representative. Travis is available with this announcement to be reached at 270-227-0253 for questions or to learn how you can become involved in the campaign.