Meet Rep. Travis Tranel
Representative Travis Tranel (R-Cuba City) was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010, and is currently serving his second term.
A lifelong resident of Grant County, he was born on September 12, 1985.
Travis, a 5th generation dairy farmer, grew up on his family’s dairy farm in southern Grant County, near Cuba City. There Travis learned the value of hard work, family and the importance of living within one’s means.
This upbringing instilled Travis with an entrepreneurial spirit. While in grade school he started his first business, T&T Labradors. For his efforts he was recognized by the Entrepreneur Institute, of Milwaukee, as the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year.
While a freshman in High School Travis became a certified WIAA basketball referee and traveled the Southwest Wisconsin area officiating local middle school and high school basketball games, refereeing over 500 contests.
Today, Travis maintains his passion for farming and production through his dairy farm, Tranel Farms USA. He got a very early start in farming, taking over the family farm after his father became ill in 2002, while he was still in high school. Today the farm milks around 120 cows. Travis, who farms in close cooperation with much of his family – also all dairy farmers – takes great pride in being able to keep small family dairies alive and viable.
In addition to the dairy, Travis also owns a custom square baling business with his cousin. The business, Fleege Tranel LLC, bales for over 40 farmers in Southwest Wisconsin and Northwest Illinois.
Travis is a member of several community groups and organizations, including St. Joseph’s Parish, in Sinsinawa, where he has served as Parish Council President. Also, he is a member of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, Knights of Columbus, National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Wisconsin Young Professionals, and the Grant County Republican Party.
Travis is a 2007 graduate of Loras College, where he received degrees in economics and finance. He lives on his family dairy farm, in rural Cuba City, with his wife Stephanie, and their three childern Ossie, Evelyn and Violet.