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Charles Buckels
Vice Chairman -Republican Party of Louisiana

Charlie Buckels was elected Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana in 2008. From 2004 to 2008 he served as the Treasurer of the State Party. Mr. Buckels served as an elected delegate to the 2004 and 2008 Republican National Conventions was a member of Electoral College for 2008 Presidential Election.

Mr. Buckels began his insurance and mutual funds career in 1968, and has numerous sales, management and training achievements including the Chartered Life Underwriter professional designation. He is a 1963 graduate of Istrouma High School and he received a B.S. in Marketing from LA Tech University.

Three and half years ago Mr. Buckels embarked on another career and today in addition to family, civic, and political activities, he is employed by Redflex Traffic Systems as the Southeast US Sales Manager.

Charlie and his wife, Peggy, have been married 41 years and they have 4 grown children and 11 fabulous grandchildren. Since 1973 they have made their home in Lafayette.

Current Topic


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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