Cleo Fields was born November 22, 1962 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a 1980 graduate of McKinley High School and a 1984 graduate of Southern University in the field of Mass Communications. During his senior year at Southern University, he was elected Student Government Association President, and was also elected by the Louisiana Council of Student Body Presidents to serve on the Louisiana Board of Regents. In 1987, Fields obtained his law degree from Southern University School of Law after having clerked for both East Baton Rouge Parish City Prosecutor’s office and the Parish Attorney’s Office.
Upon completion of law school, the same year, Fields was elected to the Louisiana
State Senate at the age of 24. He became the youngest person ever elected to the
State Senate in Louisiana’s history and at that time, the youngest in the nation.
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-
In 1992, Fields was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as Congressman of
Louisiana’s 4th Congressional district. Here again, at age 30, Fields held the position
of being the youngest member to serve in the 103rd congress. As congressman, he introduced
the Delta Initiatives Act, the Stolen Guns Act, and Check Cashing Act of 1993. He
secured funds for various projects and held numerous town hall meetings securing
several Presidential Cabinet members to address he constituents concerns personally.
He also created a Congressional Classroom for elementary through secondary school-
In 1995, he made a bid for the Governor of Louisiana at which time he made a historical
mark by being the first African American to successfully win a run-
On December 13, 1997, Cleo Fields was elected to the 14th Senatorial District of
Louisiana, returning him to his political origin as State Senator. He was elected
by a landslide in the primary, with 75% of the vote over five other candidates. He
then served in the Senate simultaneously with his younger brother, until his brother
won a judgeship. This marked the first time in Louisiana’s history for two brothers
to serve at the same time. Once he regained his senatorial seat, Fields also reestablished
the Congressional Classroom as the Louisiana Leadership Institute. It is a non-
Fields not only enjoys creating the law, but also practicing it. In 1998, he established his own firm, the Fields Law Firm, LLC, which presently consists of three attorneys practicing a diversity of law. In that same year, Fields also helped establish the Louisiana Leadership Institute, where he is founder. At the onset of this new millennium, Fields began his own statewide interactive radio talk show called none other than, “Cleo Live.” It airs weekly and centers around various issues affecting our state and nation.
Fields served as Chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus from 200-
Fields is a member of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Debra. They have two sons, Brandon and Christopher.