Chuck's father, Robert C. Brannan, Jr. was born and raised in Suwannee County on his father's dairy farm and as a young man was a city policeman in Live Oak, later joining the Florida Highway Patrol and being stationed in Baker County. Chuck's mother, Shirley Dees Brannan, was born and raised in Hamilton County and was a homemaker while also helping run the family store and farm. Chuck was raised in Macclenny and grew up working on the family's poultry, hay, corn and cattle farm. He also worked in his parents' rural grocery store where they also sold gas, feed, seed and fertilizer. As a youth, Chuck raised show and commercial cattle and still does to this day. He also worked an additional job in road construction to put himself through college.
For many years, Chuck has owned residential rental property and from this experience, coupled with working in his dad's store and on the farm, he understands the challenges small business owners face. From a young age, he learned what hard work, determination, and dedication mean. Chuck will put to use in Tallahassee his practical, hardworking, and common sense values for the benefit of the citizens of District 10.
Chuck received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Florida. During his time at UF, he was an Alpha Gamma Rho Ag fraternity brother, Southeast U.S. president and member of the Block and Bridle club, on the UF Livestock Judging Team, and a Justice on the Student Traffic Court in student government. Upon graduation, he received the President's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the University of Florida.
Chuck is a proud graduate of Lake City Community College where he received his Associate of Arts degree, magna cum laude and was Phi Theta Kappa and made the President's and Dean's List.
Chuck completed 360 hours of training and education through the Lake City Community College Police Academy and graduated first in his class. He has since earned over 1750 continuing education hours in the criminal justice system.
Chuck was educated in the local school system and graduated from Baker County High School where he was actively involved in the Future Farmers of America (FFA). He went on to be elected State FFA Secretary after graduating high school, was employed by Florida Farm Bureau, and was later Florida's nominee for National FFA Officer.
Chuck's wife, Lorelie, is a prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office and has worked in public service for over 11 years. She volunteers her time as a judge for Teen Court and as a mentor with Take Stock in Children among other community activities including serving as President of the Baker Women's Political Network, teaching Sunday school and directing the children's choir at church. Chuck's son, Chase, recently graduated from the University of Florida cum laude with his Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education and Communication with a Minor in Sales and Management in Agribusiness and just completed an internship at Florida Farm Bureau. Chase will begin courses for his Master's degree in Agriculture in the fall. The Brannans recently welcomed baby Rafe to the family, he arrived over 3 weeks early but is happy and healthy! Chuck's deceased wife, Kim, was a 21 year school teacher and principal. She unexpectedly passed during a car accident while traveling to a school-related training in 2007. Chuck's father, brother, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews all reside in this House district.