Charles Owen is a native of Louisiana. He was born in New Orleans and adopted at the age of 6 weeks by Creighton and Gloria Owen of Leesville.
He attended and was graduated from Leesville High School in 1981. In high school, Charles Owen was a varsity letterman in three sports, earned All-District honors as a football player, and was on two State Championship Track and Field Teams.
Representative Owen attended Louisiana Tech, earning a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees. While at Tech, he was a walk-on for the cross-country and track teams.
In 1985, Owen was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force; he entered active duty and served for 20 years, primarily as an Intelligence Officer. During his career, he was deployed to four wartime engagements and was decorated after each deployment.
He retired honorably as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2006 and returned to Louisiana. Between 2006 and 2014, he and his family resided in Benton, Louisiana, and he worked as a consultant to the United States Air Force, and Intelligence Community.
In 2014, he and his wife Carolyn returned to their hometown of Leesville.
In 2019, Owen was elected as State Representative for District 30 and represents portions of both Beauregard and Vernon Parishes. In the House of Representatives, Owen serves on the Education, Judiciary, and Transportation committees. He also serves on the House Select Committee for Military and Veteran Affairs.
Representative Owen has authored several bills on licensure reform, free speech, support for the military and veteran communities, and judicial and adoption-related matters. Owen also spearheaded a highly successful reform of Content Standards for Social Studies in K-12 Education.
Charles is married to the former Carolyn Van Dine of Leesville and the couple has two grown daughters, one son-in-law and one grandchild.
He has authored four books, three in sports (football) history, and one was a fiction novel based on a true story.
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