The Honorable Erik Robert Fleming, the 2006 and 2008 Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi, was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, on behalf of the 72nd District, which encompasses parts of Hinds and Madison Counties. Fleming was first elected to the post in January 1999 to finish the unexpired term of Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green. Fleming was re-elected to two full four-year terms in the Mississippi Legislature, before being defeated seeking a third four-year term in August 2007. Most recently, Fleming was a paralegal with the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance and an abstinence educator with the Mississippi Community Development Corporation. He has also previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for New Horizon Ministries, Inc., Associate Editor of the Mississippi Link Newspaper and as a Hinds County Deputy Sheriff.  

Although his two campaigns for the United States Senate were unsuccessful, Fleming has earned the distinction of receiving the most votes for any Mississippian of African descent in a statewide party primary and in a statewide general election. 

Fleming was born to Joan and Robert Fleming on February 2, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois. After graduation from Lindblom Technical High School in 1983, he enrolled at Jackson State University, having been awarded an academic scholarship.

Majoring in Political Science, Fleming served in student government for three years and helped charter the first Young Democrats chapter there. He was elected student body president for the 1986-87 year and graduated from JSU in May 1987. Recently, Fleming was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the Universal Life Church in Modesto, California.

Fleming then started building his political resume. He worked with Ray Mabus in his campaign for Governor in 1987 and Mike Parker in his campaign for the U. S. Congress in 1988. After those successful campaigns, Fleming set out to seek public office for himself.

During a 10-year span, Fleming unsuccessfully ran twice for the Jackson City Council and once for Hinds County Tax Collector. In the meantime, he was successful in being elected president of the Young Democrats of Mississippi (1991-92), National Committeeman of The Young Democrats of America (1993-95), and chair of the Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee (1996-99).

In 1993, Fleming had the distinct honor to serve as the late Honorable Henry J. Kirksey's campaign manager in his bid to become Jackson's first African-American mayor. Just prior to that, Fleming served six months in the Category Area Training Program of the United States Marine Corps, during Operation Desert Storm.

Also during that period, Fleming worked with Ronnie Musgrove in his campaign for Lt. Governor in 1995. After Musgrove’s victory, Fleming was chosen as the first African-American to serve as Sgt-at-Arms of the Mississippi Senate in 1996.

During his legislative tenure, Fleming served as Vice-Chair of the Enrolled Bills Committee. He also served on the Conservation and Water Resources, Ports, Harbors and Airports, Judiciary B, Juvenile Justice, Transportation, Agriculture, Labor, and Oil, Gas and Minerals committees in the House. He has served on the Mississippi Legislative Task Force on Gangs, the House Juvenile Justice Training School Task Force, and the Mississippi Biomass Council.

Fleming is married to the former Regina Turner and is the father of one son, Sean Christopher. He is also the stepfather of three boys, Kenneth Brown, James Brown and Bobby Turner. Fleming attends New Hope M.B. Church in Raymond, MS and is a member of several organizations and boards, including the NAACP, the SCLC, the Mississippi Faith-Based Coalition for Community Renewal, the Mississippi Families for Kids, and the Jackson State University National Alumni Association.