Sheriff Greg Champagne was born and
raised in St. Charles Parish. He is a graduate of Hahnville High School (Class of 1975) and earned
a B.A. in Government from Nicholls State University in 1979. Upon graduation,
Greg was named to the Nicholls State University Hall of Fame and subsequently
one of its "Outstanding Alumni". He went on to receive his law
degree from The Louisiana State University Law Center in 1982. He served
as an assistant district attorney in St. Charles Parish for nearly 14 years and
earned a reputation as being a ”tough but fair” prosecutor with a 94%
Greg Champagne was elected Sheriff
of St. Charles Parish in 1995 by a large majority of the vote in the
primary election. He was re-elected in 1999 without opposition and again
in 2003, when he received over 81% percent of the vote. In of
2007 Sheriff Champagne was again re-elected with over 83% of the vote. He
was then re-elected in both 2011 and
2015 without opposition. He is only the second St. Charles Parish Sheriff in
the agency’s 200 year history to garner a sixth term.
He was selected as "Louisiana
Sheriff of the Year" in 2003 by the Louisiana Crime Victim's Coalition.
Sheriff Champagne served as
President of the Louisiana Sheriff's Association (2007-08), having been elected
by his peers, the other 64 Sheriffs of Louisiana. He serves on the
National Sheriff's Association's Executive Committee as 1st Vice President
of the organization which represents 3080 sheriffs of America. He chairs the
NSA Legal Affairs Committee, and is a member of The NSA Congressional Affairs
Committee, Global Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee.
In addition to his formal education,
Sheriff Champagne has attended the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, Virginia twice;
first at the FBI’s Law Institute for Prosecutors and subsequently from the
FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Program. He has attended numerous
training programs during his thirty-three year law enforcement career.
He has also represented the National Sheriff's Association at two international
counter-terrorism programs in both Israel and England which focused on the
detection and prevention of terrorism.
The Sheriff serves as a member of
the Louisiana State Law Institute’s Committee on Criminal Justice which
recommends changes in criminal law to the Louisiana Legislature. He is a
certified P.O.S.T. instructor at the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office
Training Academy. Sheriff Champagne is a member of the United States
Eastern District of Louisiana Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive
Board formed by the F.B.I. (New Orleans Office) and has maintains a top
secret security clearance by the F.B.I. He is a former advisory board member
of The I.T.T. Technical college in St. Rose, Louisiana as an expert in the
field of Criminal Justice. He also represents Louisiana Sheriffs, Louisiana
State Police and Louisiana Chiefs Of Police on the Louisiana Property and
Casualty Insurance Commission. Sheriff Champagne was also appointed by
Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Kitty Kimball to represent Sheriffs on the
Louisiana Supreme Court's Court Security Commission.
In August of 2015, United States
Attorney General Loretta Lynch appointed Sheriff Champagne to The 30 Member National Commission on Forensic
The Sheriff is very active in our
community. He has been a long time member and past-president of the Rotary Club
of St. Charles Parish, a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, and a
member of Knights of Columbus Council 2409. He served for 10 years as a H.O.S.T. Mentor with The St. Charles Parish
Public School District. Sheriff Champagne also is an accomplished
trumpet player and has been a member of both the St. Charles
Parish Community Band and The Jerusalem Temple Shriner Dance Band. He has
also performed with The Wise Guys Band, and, at the New Orleans Jazz
and Heritage Festival with blues singer Luther Kent and Trickbag on multiple occasions.
He was selected by Rotary International to lead a group of professionals on two
four week exchanges to northern Brazil in 1993 and again to Southern Brazil in
2004. As a result, the Sheriff speaks Brazilian Portuguese.
Champagne and his wife Alice Landry Champagne have been married for 34
years. They have two children - Rochelle C. Fahrig, age 31, an
attorney and Gregory Jr. 27, a commercial pilot and deputy tax
assessor. They have also been most
blessed with three grandsons.