Leo Morris was born in Marshall, Texas. He graduated Lincoln High School in Dallas and attended Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, majoring in sociology. Upon his return to Marshall, he also attended Wiley College.He is a father of three boys and 12 grandchildren. Commissioner Morris attends Grand Way Church of Christ.
Commissioner Morris worked for 28 years for the City of Houston as a Field Supervisor in the Public Works department. He retired in 2003.