William Lacy Clay

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William Lacy Clay ()
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Committees: House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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William Lacy Clay, Jr., usually known as Lacy Clay, was elected as a Democratic member of the U. S. House of Representatives in 2000 to represent the First Congressional District of Missouri.


Record and controversies

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In this CSPAN video (http://www.youtube.com/v/_MGT_cSi7Rs&hl=en&fs=1) you can see William "Lacy" Clay, Jr. calling Fannie Mae's illegal activity a "lynching of Franklin Raines" and that the [stock] "markets are not worried about the safety and soundness of Fannie Mae".[citation needed]

Iraq War

Clay voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Transparency legislation

On March 5, 2007, Reps. Clay, Todd Russell Platts (R-Penn.), and Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) introduced the Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007 (H.R. 1309), to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act. On March 15, 2007, the bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Specifically, the bill would state the following:

  • A government agency with a request for information may not reject that request if the requester is with the news media, but can not show institutional associations. Prior publication history (including books, magazines and newspaper articles, newsletters, television and radio broadcasts and internet publications) is valid evidence of these associations. If there is no publishing history, the agency must then consider the requester’s stated intent to distribute the information to a reasonably broad audience. [2]
  • A suit filed in compliant of denial can allow for attorney fees to be paid. If a request is denied for arbitrary or capricious reasons, a civil action can be brought by the requester. [3]
  • After one year from enactment of this bill, an agency must decide on providing the information within 20 days of the request. [4]
  • A system of tracking numbers is to be developed to track individual requests and a telephone or internet service is to be established that allows for requesters to consult on the status using the tracking number provided within ten days of the request. [5]

The bill passed the House by a 308-117 vote.

Main article: U.S. congressional efforts to amend the Freedom of Information Act

Support for gun control

Clay cosponsored H.R 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 9, 2007.[6]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation


Born in Saint Louis, Missouri on July 27, 1956, Clay's family moved to Washington D.C., when his father William Lacy Clay, Sr. was elected to the House of Representatives, holding the same seat now occupied by his son, from 1969 to 2001. Clay, Jr. attended the University of Maryland, College Park and was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1983, the same year that he graduated. While serving, he completed a Master's degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 1991 he was elected to the Missouri State Senate. During his seventeen years in the State legislature, he worked to end racial and gender discrimination.

Clay has been active in the Democratic Party, serving on the Missouri State Democratic Party Executive Board and as a Missouri Democratic National Committeeman.

Congressional career

In 2000, Clay successfully ran for the Congressional seat occupied by his father for thirty-two years.

William Lacy Clay has been a consistent critic of the War in Iraq and was among those who voted against the 2002 Iraq War Resolution.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Mark Byrne to face Clay in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Clay retained his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Ameren Corp$ 10,000
American Society of Anesthesiologists$ 10,000
Anheuser-Busch InBev$ 10,000
AT&T Inc$ 10,000
Boeing Co$ 10,000
Crawford Group$ 10,000
Credit Union National Assn$ 10,000
Express Scripts$ 10,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union$ 10,000
Monsanto Co$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for William Lacy Clay
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on William Lacy Clay. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2418 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2406 Fax: 202-226-3717
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District offices
  • 625 North Euclid Avenue, Suite 326 Saint Louis, MO 63108
    Ph: 314-367-1970 Fax: (none entered)
  • 8525 Page Boulevard Saint Louis, MO 63114
    Ph: 314-890-0349 Fax: (none entered)
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Campaign office
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Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Robert McElroy, "Freedom Of Information Requests Process Clarified and Improved," TheWeekInCongress, March 16, 2007.
  3. Robert McElroy, "Freedom Of Information Requests Process Clarified and Improved," TheWeekInCongress, March 16, 2007.
  4. Robert McElroy, "Freedom Of Information Requests Process Clarified and Improved," TheWeekInCongress, March 16, 2007.
  5. Robert McElroy, "Freedom Of Information Requests Process Clarified and Improved," TheWeekInCongress, March 16, 2007.
  6. Thomas page on H.R. 1022


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