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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


06/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson (Encore Presentation)

Who polices the police in Louisiana?

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!


07/15 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

Recent Topics


05/15 - Innovation Matters

What effect does diminishing Higher Ed funding have on Louisiana research programs?


04/15 - Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

What help is available for Louisiana students who have dropped out of school?


03/15 - Cancer in Louisiana

Why is Louisiana’s cancer death rate so much higher than the rest of America?


02/15 - Dollars per Barrel: Oil Prices & Louisiana

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana from the drop in prices?

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