Democrat William Lacy Clay, Jr.

House
William Lacy Clay, Jr.

Birthdate: July 27, 1956
Birth Place: St. Louis, MO, United States
Residence: St. Louis, MO
Religion: Catholic
First Elected: 2000
Gender: Male

Candidacy

Party: Democratic
State: Missouri
Office: House
District: District 1

Education

Undergraduate: University of Maryland

Degree: BS

Lacy Clay was born and currently resides in St. Louis. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland.

His family moved in 1969 to the Washington, D.C., area following his father's election to the U.S. House of Representatives. William Clay served in Congress for 32 years before retiring in 2000 _ the year Lacy Clay was elected.

Lacy Clay began his political career by winning a special election to the Missouri House. He served as a state representative until 1991, when he successfully ran for the state Senate, serving until 2000.

Clay and his wife, Ivie, have two children.

Profile

Lacy Clay, representing Missouri's 1st Congressional District, defeated fellow Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan in an August 2012 primary matchup of two incumbents that was created after redistricting based on the 2010 census. The state lost its 3rd Congressional District.

Clay won the primary by a 2-to-1 margin and will face Republican Robyn Hamlin in the general election.

Leading up to the 2012 primary, Clay repeatedly cited a National Journal ranking that lists him as tied for the most liberal member of Congress. "My voting record reflects more of the progressive views and opinions of a majority of the people who elect me to represent them," Clay said.

Clay serves on the Financial Services and the Oversight and Government Reform committees.

He has pushed for a $1,500 tax credit to help families remove lead paint from their homes. Clay also has worked on a housing initiative to make it easier to qualify for and buy homes.

Clay was a co-sponsor of the 2010 health care reform bill. He called the June 2012 Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the legislation a "true victory."

"I wholeheartedly believe in making quality health care available to and affordable for all Americans, and am encouraged that the Supreme Court agrees," he said.

He was one of several lawmakers to call for a congressional investigation after revelations in summer 2010 that poor sterilization procedures could have exposed nearly 2,000 veterans to HIV and hepatitis at the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

As a member of the Missouri Senate, Clay was among the Democrats who persuaded a state judge to order that polls be kept open an extra three hours in St. Louis during the general election in November 2000. That order was reversed by an appeals court 45 minutes later, but Republicans charged that there were great irregularities in the voting in St. Louis.

When his father decided not to seek re-election in 2000 to the U.S. House seat he had held for 32 years, Clay entered and easily won the race.

Once he arrived in Washington, Clay was elected president of the freshman Democratic class. Since then, his focus has reflected the largely black district he represents in urban St. Louis.

Source: Associated Press

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