William Lacy Clay, Jr., sometimes known as Lacy Clay (born July 27, 1956), American politician, was elected as Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives in 2000 to represent (map). The district includes the northern two-thirds of St. Louis, as well as most of St. Louis County.
In his teenage years, Clay Jr. attended Silver Spring, Maryland, public schools and graduated in the Springbrook High School class of 1974. He then attended the University of Maryland, College Park, from which he earned a degree in political science and certification to be a paralegal. He entered the Missouri House of Representatives in 1983, the same year that he graduated. While serving, he studied at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government but did not obtain a degree . In 1991 he was elected to the Missouri State Senate.
Since his first term, Clay has been a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He is currently chairman of the Information Policy Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Financial Services Committee. Ordinarily, House Democrats who serve on the Financial Services Committee would have to give up their other committee assignments. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and committee chairman Henry Waxman granted him a waiver allowing him to remain on the Oversight Committee.
Clay made news in early 2007 when, as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (cofounded by his father), he objected to the possible inclusion of white congressman Steve Cohen from Tennessee, who represents a majority black district and had made a campaign promise to attempt to become the first white member of the CBC. Although it is not part of the CBC's bylaws that members must be black, all members so far have been black. He said, "Mr. Cohen asked for admission, and he got his answer. He's white and the Caucus is black. It's time to move on. We have racial policies to pursue and we are pursuing them, as Mr. Cohen has learned. It's an unwritten rule. It's understood." In response to the decision, Cohen stated, "It's their caucus and they do things their way. You don't force your way in. Clay issued an official statement from his office in reply to Rep. Cohen's complaint: "Quite simply, Rep. Cohen will have to accept what the rest of the country will have to accept — there has been an unofficial Congressional White Caucus for over 200 years, and now it's our turn to say who can join 'the club.' He does not, and cannot, meet the membership criteria, unless he can change his skin color. Primarily, we are concerned with the needs and concerns of the black population, and we will not allow white America to infringe on those objectives." Some have said that since Cohen represents a district with 60% black voters, that he has a legitimate interest in helping the goals of the CBC, and the decision should not be solely based on skin color.
Citizens for Ethics issued a report in June 2007 saying that Clay's sister Michelle Clay is a registered lobbyist for the Kansas City airport and previously, for the city of St. Louis. They reported that in the 2006 election cycle, Michelle Clay's law office, Clay and Associates, received $51,800 in consulting fees from her brother's campaign funds, along with an additional $9,963 for reimbursements. In the 2004 election cycle, Michelle Clay's firm received $52,514 for consulting, and in 2002 Michelle Clay herself was paid $32,00 for campaign management and legal fees. During the 2004 election, Clay's campaign reimbursed his father more than $6,000 for book purchases.
Lacy Clay voted against the financial bailout plan on 9/29/08.
During Clay's previous 17 years in the state legislature, he authored Missouri's Hate Crimes Law.
Clay made it clear that he supports the Employment Nondiscrimination Act which would make it illegal to discriminate against employees of any sexual orientation (i.e. gay, lesbian, and bisexual). He also noted that he believes that the 33 states that are allowed to fire employees due to sexual orientation are in the wrong.
Clay has been a consistent critic of the War in Iraq and was among those who voted against the 2002 Iraq War Resolution. Clay's NPAT also displays disagreement with elements of the War on Drugs. The congressman believes that government reform is necessary to make sure every citizen's voice is heard. Clay also continues to fight for programs that will improve that status of the poor, including initiatives to allow lower-class people to purchase homes.
Clay is also active in election reform, and believes that any electronic voting system must include a paper trail to verify the results.
Clay added his name as cosponsor to a bill calling for the impeachment of Vice President Cheney, House Resolution 333.
STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN WM. LACY CLAY (D) REGARDING THE FIVE FINAL PROPOSALS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION TO REDEVELOP AND ENHANCE THE GATEWAY ARCH.
Aug 17, 2010; WASHINGTON -- The following information was released by the office of Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay: MEDIA CONTACT: STEVEN...
STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN WM. LACY CLAY (D) MISSOURI REGARDING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DEFICIT REDUCTION AND TAX FAIRNESS PLAN.
Sep 19, 2011; WASHINGTON -- The following information was released by the office of Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay: STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN...
Statement by Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri on the Death of Former Congressman Ike Skelton (D) Missouri
Oct 31, 2013; WASHINGTON -- The following information was released by the office of Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay: STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN...