James C. Fields

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James C. Fields
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 12th district
In office
Succeeded byMac Buttram
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Yvette Fields
EducationJacksonville State University

James C. Fields Jr. is an American civil servant and minister in the United Methodist Church who served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2008 until 2010. A native of Colony, Alabama, Fields was the first African American to be a candidate for elective office in Cullman County, Alabama, which is predominantly white.[1]

Early life & education[edit]

James Fields grew up on his family's small farm in Colony. After graduating from Hanceville High School, he attended Jacksonville State University, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in law enforcement.

Military service[edit]

Subsequently, he served in the U.S. Marines, attending officer training at the Marine Corps Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and leaving with an honorable discharge.[2]

Alabama House of Representatives[edit]

James Fields was elected as a Democratic member of the Alabama House of Representatives in a special election on January 29, 2008.[1] He was defeated for reelection in 2010 by fellow Methodist, minister Mac Buttram.[3]

Personal life[edit]

James Fields and his wife Yvette have seven children and 13 grandchildren.[4]

James Fields has worked for the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations for nearly three decades and is a minister at St. James United Methodist Church in Irondale, Alabama.[2]


In November 2013, James Fields announced that he would be a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Alabama in the 2014 elections.[5] He ran in the Democratic primary uncontested and was defeated by incumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey in the general election.


  1. ^ a b Dawidoff, Nicholas (February 25, 2010). "Race in the South in the Age of Obama". New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "About". Fields for Lieutenant Governor. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "Alabama House of Representatives — Representative James C. Fields, Jr (D)". Archived from the original on 2008-02-15. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  4. ^ "Project VoteSmart listing for James C. Fields, Jr (D)". Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  5. ^ Lockette, Tim (November 20, 2013). "Cullman County Democrat to enter Lt. Gov. race". Anniston Star.

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