District Attorney Charles E. Branson, a lifelong Kansan was elected as District Attorney of the Seventh Judicial District on November 2, 2004 and took office January 10, 2005.
While leading a staff of 13 assistant district attorneys, 16 staff positions and a budget of 1.8 million, Charles created the first consumer protection program in Douglas County. His work on the behalf of consumers lead the local press to refer to him as a true “consumer advocate.”
He revamped the agency’s domestic violence unit to be sensitive to the special needs of domestic violence survivors, in part by adding a full-time assistant district attorney whose position is dedicated to domestic violence cases and a victim-witness coordinator that specifically works with the involved parties. Charles also created a program that allows crime victims and witnesses to participate in an educational program designed to make the legal process less threatening and frightening.
A native of Hutchinson, he graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Charles started his legal career by opening a private law office in 1996 and focused on the areas of criminal and civil litigation.
In 2002, Branson began public service as the Eudora Municipal Prosecutor. He continued this service until his election as DA.
Branson is a past president of the Douglas County Bar Association and a past counselor for the Judge Hugh Means American Inns of Court. He is on the Board of Governors of the Kansas Bar Association. He has served many local nonprofits through board membership or planning committees, including: Van Go, Big Brothers and Big Sister of Douglas County, Juneteenth Celebration, Douglas County Senior Services and United Way of Douglas County.
Charles and his wife Kathy, assistant principal at Lawrence West Middle School and their children Chance and Grace are proud to call Lawrence and Douglas County their home.