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charles joseph melancon
Charlie Melancon was born and raised in Napoleonville, Louisiana, a town of 700 people and the seat of Assumption Parish. Charlie’s father managed a sugar mill, and his grandfather was a sugar farmer. After Charlie graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), he returned to Napoleonville where he ran an insurance agency and opened a small chain of Baskin Robbins ice cream stores. As a successful small businessman, Charlie has created jobs, solved problems, and gotten results. Charlie was elected to the Louisiana legislature in 1987. In 1993, he returned to his family roots in the sugar business, becoming the president of the American Sugar Cane League. In 2004, Charlie was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. His first act in Congress was an amendment to provide more healthcare funding for veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Charlie is a pro-life, pro-gun, fiscal conservative who’s fought for less spending, more fiscal discipline, and a balanced budget. In Congress, Charlie has earned a reputation as a centrist Democrat who works across party lines to get things done for Louisiana. As a result, Charlie has been rated one of the most effective members of Congress by the nonpartisan organization Knowlegis. Charlie is running for Senate because Louisiana deserves better – the people of Louisiana deserve a more bipartisan, effective, honest and disciplined approach to solving the big problems we face as a country. The partisan politics and over-the-top rhetoric we’ve grown used to in Washington just aren’t getting the job done. Louisiana needs a straight-up-the-middle fighter like Charlie Melancon who will help create jobs, help our veterans, and protect our country. Charlie still lives in Napoleonville with his wife of 37 years, Peachy. The couple has two grown children, Seph and Claire, who live with their families in south Louisiana.