|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 8th district
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1997
|Preceded by||Bob Eckhardt|
|Succeeded by||Kevin Brady|
|Born||February 3, 1952|
|Alma mater||Baylor University|
Fields was born in Humble, a northern suburb of Houston, to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fields Sr. He graduated from Humble High School in his hometown in 1970. Fields earned both Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Baptist-affiliated Baylor University and Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas, in 1974 and 1977, respectively. After being admitted to the Texas bar in 1977, Fields worked as a lawyer in private practice and as a vice president of a family-owned business through 1980.
In 1980, at the age of twenty-eight, Fields was elected to the U.S. House on the coattails of President Ronald Reagan's electoral victory. He narrowly defeated 8th District incumbent Bob Eckhardt, a seven-term Democrat, by only 4,900 votes to become the first Republican to represent what is now the 8th in 83 years. After the 1980 census, most of the 8th's more Democratic areas were cut out, and Fields was reelected seven more times without serious difficulty.
When the Republican Party assumed majority control of the House of Representatives in the 1994 elections, Fields was elected chairman of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance of the House Committee on Commerce. In that role, he was one of the principal authors of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, the National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
1993 special Senate electionEdit
In 1993, Fields joined a field of 24 candidates in a special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Lloyd Bentsen, when Bentsen was appointed by U.S. President Bill Clinton as the secretary of the treasury. However, Fields failed to win enough votes to advance to a runoff election.
In the Senate race, Fields divided the pro-life vote with fellow U.S. Representative Joe Barton. The Fields-Barton split propelled State Treasurer Kay Bailey Hutchison, who supported the United States Supreme Court Roe v. Wade abortion decision, into the runoff with appointed incumbent Democratic Senator Robert Krueger. Two former governors divided their support between Fields and Barton. John B. Connally Jr. supported Fields, in part because Connally was from Houston. Bill Clements endorsed Barton, whose home in Ennis is not far from Clements' home in Dallas.
Fields did not run for reelection to the 106th Congress in 1996. Instead, he started two companies, the 21st Century Group, Inc., a government relations firm based in Washington, D.C., and Texana Global, Inc., an international trade corporation headquartered in Texas. He has served on various corporate and charitable boards. In 2004, the U.S. Post Office in Kingwood was renamed the "Congressman Jack Fields Post Office" in Fields' honor.
Fields is married to Lynn Fields and has two daughters, Jordan and Lexi, and a stepson, Josh Hughes.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Congressional discussion of bill to name post office after Fields
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 8th congressional district