I said, `I'm not a page. But when you see a page, you tell him to get two cups of coffee.'". Can you get me a cup of coffee?' "My turn came around," he recalled. Fields went on to attend Southern University, gaining both a bachelor's degree and a law degree. Attic, Thomas Jefferson BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515(202) 226-1300, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives. One source told the Louisiana Political Review, "Cleo has placed more people up here than anyone." Fields is a member of Mt. He worked in a store and a McDonald's restaurant to help out the family. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Debra Horton Fields. Ex–Rep. Here again, at age 30, Fields held the position of being the youngest member to serve in the 103rd congress. Fields achieved considerable notoriety in 1997 when prosecutors in the trial of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards released an FBI surveillance videotape showed him receiving a large amount of cash ($20,000 to $25,000) which the FBI believed was to be used to influence votes in granting casino licenses. The Representative’s home remained within the district and the new borders still contained a majority–black population (58 percent). He was succeeded in 2008 by Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb. When his first child was born in 1995, he won cheers from his colleagues on the floor. Though he made many political enemies with his voting record, his personal standing in Congress remained high. He represented Louisiana's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 1997 and ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Louisiana in 1995. In 1980, he founded the fundraising group Young Adults for Positive Action and in 1987 he was elected to the Louisiana Senate. [1] "I know I'm going against the odds, but I am an odds-buster," he noted in The Commercial Appeal. Fields Plotting Political Comeback.”. He once quipped to a crowd of voters, “I know I don’t look like a man, but I am one.”5 While in the state legislature, Fields focused on environmental issues and economic opportunities for minorities. View the profiles of people named Cleo Field. After graduating from McKinley High School in Baton Rouge, Fields attended cross–town Southern University, earning his bachelors and law degrees. (Being a lawyer in Louisiana, or anywhere in the United States, is not simply a matter of having a law degree, although that is usually a prerequisite, but of being licensed to practice law, which almost always requires passing a bar examination. And this senator walked up to me and said, `Excuse me, son. In April 1994, the federal court in Louisiana re–examined Hays v. Louisiana—a lawsuit that was previously filed by four of Fields’s constituents who claimed Louisianans’ voting rights were hindered by a racial “supermajority” in all the state’s congressional districts. Jim Letten, leader of the prosecution team and later acting U.S. attorney, said Fields came close to being indicted. At the age of 24 — the same year he received his law degree — Fields joined the state legislature, becoming the youngest person ever to hold such office. He ran for governor in 1995, coming second in the jungle primary and then losing in a landslide to Mike Foster. History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “FIELDS, Cleo,” https://history.house.gov/People/Listing/F/FIELDS,-Cleo-(F000110)/ Upon completion of law school, the same year, Fields was elected to the Louisiana State Senate at the age of 24. He was also outspoken in his support for gun control, which Foster roundly opposed. Isidore died after falling asleep behind the wheel of his car on his way home from working a double shift.2 Poverty became a way of life for four–year–old Cleo, as the Fields household struggled to make ends meet. 6Politics in America, 1990 (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 1989): 629. "Anyone who thinks Cleo Fields is not tough is not living in this world," he noted in the Tribune. “I don’t want to leave the impression that I am bitter [about the apportionment battle]. He finished first in a crowded seven-way primary, coming roughly 1,500 votes short of winning outright. Everybody laughed, including the teacher. 13John Mercurio, “Return Engagement? As State Senator, he authored and passed legislation that established Drug Free Zones near school campuses, an Inner City Economic Development Program, and numerous other bills he helped co-author for the betterment of the 14th senatorial district. Jesse Jackson ran so Obama could win. The district was designed to collect a larger black populace — and more black votes — than a competing version. They have two sons, Cleo Brandon Fields, 3 years old and their new born, Christopher Justin Fields, born April 28, 1998. It’s been one of the most productive things I’ve done with my life.” But, he also conceded, “When I was in Congress, I thought it was the greatest job in the world.”23.