Charles Riddle was State Representative for Avoyelles Parish from 1992 to Jan. 2003. He was elected District Attorney on October 5, 2002 and sworn in on January 13, 2003. As your Representative in Baton Rouge he authored over 100 bills with over sixty becoming law.
Riddle was born in Marksville, LA on June 8, 1955. He is married to Susan Noone Riddle, whom he met when she was a resident of Bunkie. They are the parents of three sons, Addison, born in 1978; John, born in 1980; and Michael, born in 1983. They have four grandsons, Collin, born in 2000, Easton, born in 2002 on March 12th, Landen Michael who was born on July 5, 2003 and Hanlin Jacob who was born on October 30, 2003. They attend Christian Family Worship Center in Cottonport, Louisiana.
Charles Riddle has practiced law in Avoyelles and throughout the state since 1980 after graduating from LSU Law School. He joined the firm Riddle and Bennett (Started by his grandfather, Charles Riddle, and continued by his father, Charles Riddle, Jr.) In 1981, Charles entered the solo practice of law.
Riddle is an experienced attorney in the court room and has practiced criminal defense law in addition to other trial work before becoming District Attorney. He has handled cases in approximately thirty different parishes. He has also authored and coauthored many bills in the legislature in an effort to improve our criminal justice system. He was the author of the allocution bill which is now state law. Allocution is the process by which victims have the right to speak at sentencing hearings of the criminals who committed crimes against them.
Charles Riddle has spent most of his adult life in public service. In 1983 Charles was elected to serve on the Democratic Central Committee for Avoyelles Parish. He served until 1988 and then was elected to the Democratic Parish Committee. From 1988 to 1992 Charles served as the Marksville Chamber of Commerce president. He has been a member since 1981. Charles is also a member of the Marksville Lions Club and the Bunkie Rotary Club (since 1987).
In 1990, Riddle was unsuccessful in his run for District Attorney. He was elected from a field of six candidates to the House of Representatives in 1992 receiving 40% of the vote in the first primary. In 1995 Riddle was reelected with nearly 60% of the votes with a field of three candidates. He was reelected in 1999 without opposition. Riddle was elected with 60% of the vote in the October election for District Attorney. Riddle was reelected without opposition in 2008. Further, Riddle served as President of the LDAA for the 2008-2009 term. .