|U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District|
From: January 3, 2005 - Present
|Spouse(s)||Peachy Clark Melancon|
Charles Joseph Melancon, known as Charlie Melancon (born October 3, 1947), is a Democratic former U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 3rd congressional district. He served from 2005 to 2011. His committee assignments included Energy, Commerce, and Budget. He left the House to challenge, unsuccessfully, Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter, who handily defeated intra-party challenger Chet D. Traylor. Subsequently, Vitter lost the race for governor of Louisiana in 2015. Melancon was succeeded in the House by Republican Jeff Landry, but the district was abolished through reapportionment effective January 2013. In 2016, Landry became the state attorney general.
Melancon received a bachelor's degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1987 to 1993. Early in his career, he was a former aide to former U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., a Louisiana Democrat and Shreveport native and lobbyist in Washington, D.C.