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}}{{tnr}}'''William Lacy Clay, Jr.''' (b. July 27, 1956, in [[St. Louis, Missouri]]) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]] representing [[Missouri's 1st Congressional District]]. Clay was first elected to the House in 2000 and is currently serving his 7th consecutive term, having won re-election in 2012 by 60.8%.<ref>[http://enr.sos.mo.gov/ENR/Views/TabularData.aspx?TabView=StateRaces^Federal%20/%20Statewide%20Races^011656688155 ''State of Missouri'', "Nov. 6, 2012 General Election," accessed May 30, 2013]</ref>
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}}{{tnr}}'''William Lacy Clay, Jr.''' (b. July 27, 1956, in [[St. Louis, Missouri]]) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]] representing [[Missouri's 1st Congressional District]]. Clay was first elected to the House in 2000 and is currently serving his 7th consecutive term, having won re-election in 2012 by 60.8 percent.<ref>[http://enr.sos.mo.gov/ENR/Views/TabularData.aspx?TabView=StateRaces^Federal%20/%20Statewide%20Races^011656688155 ''State of Missouri'', "Nov. 6, 2012 General Election," accessed May 30, 2013]</ref>
  
 
He began his political career as a [[Missouri House of Representatives#Current members|Missouri State Representative]] in 1983, before becoming a [[Missouri State Senator]] in 1991 and finally moving into the U.S. House seat his father, William Clay, Sr., held for 32 years.<ref name="NJ">[http://www.nationaljournal.com/almanac/member/101 ''National Journal'', "Rep. William Lacy Clay (D)," accessed May 30, 2013]</ref>
 
He began his political career as a [[Missouri House of Representatives#Current members|Missouri State Representative]] in 1983, before becoming a [[Missouri State Senator]] in 1991 and finally moving into the U.S. House seat his father, William Clay, Sr., held for 32 years.<ref name="NJ">[http://www.nationaljournal.com/almanac/member/101 ''National Journal'', "Rep. William Lacy Clay (D)," accessed May 30, 2013]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Clay, Jr. was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended the University of Maryland-College Park, from which he earned a degree in political science and certification to be a paralegal.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=c001049 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "CLAY, William Lacy, Jr., (1956 - )"]</ref>
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Clay, Jr. was born in St. Louis, [[Missouri|MO]]. He attended the University of Maryland-College Park, from which he earned a degree in political science and certification to be a paralegal.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=c001049 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "CLAY, William Lacy, Jr., (1956 - )"]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
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====National security====
 
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{{Yea vote}} Clay voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.<ref name="kv"/>
 
{{Yea vote}} Clay voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.<ref name="kv"/>
 
====Economy====
 
====Economy====
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=====2014 Budget=====
 
=====2014 Budget=====
 
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{{nay vote}}On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Clay voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
 
{{nay vote}}On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Clay voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
{{support vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. Clay voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. Clay voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
 
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===Ferguson police shooting response===
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On August 17, 2014, Clay explained his displeasure with the militarization of the Ferguson police department in their response to Michael Brown's death, claiming, "A militarized police force facing down innocent protesters with sniper rifles and machine guns is totally unacceptable in America. Some of these police departments who have received this equipment have not been properly trained in its use by the military. So, that is a question that some of my colleagues in Congress have said that they are going to try to get answers to." New York City Police Department Chief Bernard Kerik, appearing on the same television talk show, defended the police tactics, claiming, "There were Molotov cocktails thrown. There was … property that was damaged. The police have to respond to that. You can't let the thugs take over the city."<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/215339-ferguson-rep-police-response-unacceptable#ixzz3AlynHAt0 ''The Hill'', "Ferguson rep: Response 'unacceptable'," August 17, 2014]</ref> On the same talk show, Clay called for more diverse police departments, stating about departments in largely African American communities, "They do not have enough diversity within their force; they do not have a healthy relationship with the African-American community that they are supposed to police," and called for a national examination of those scenarios.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2014/08/clay-police-need-diversity-194064.html?hp=l14 ''Politico'', "Clay urges police diversity," August 17, 2014]</ref>
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Reps. Clay and [[Emanuel Cleaver]] (D-MO) spoke with [[U.S. Department of Defense|Secretary of Defense]] [[Chuck Hagel]] on August 22, 2014, about dismantling the "1033" program run by the Defense Department, explaining, "We are pleased to report that we had a productive, expansive and very encouraging meeting with Secretary Hagel [Thursday] on our urgent concerns about the militarization of local law enforcement agencies through the distribution of surplus Department of Defense equipment via the 1033 Program. We have asked the secretary to review the program and to respond with his recommendations quickly."<ref name=claycleaver>[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/lacy-clay-emanuel-cleaver-ferguson-militarization-110258.html#ixzz3BmoVG1Ux ''Politico'', "Reps push Chuck Hagel over militarization," August 22, 2014]</ref>
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
 
===On The Issues Vote Match===
 
[[File:s080_000.gif|right|290px|thumb|William Lacy Clay's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
 
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==Elections==
 
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:: ''See also: [[Missouri's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Missouri's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
  
Clay {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He {{2014isseeking}} the Democratic nomination in the primary election on August 5, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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Clay {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He ran unopposed in the [[Democratic]] primary on August 5, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
===2012===
 
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===2014===
 
===2014===
 
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the 2014 elections season. Below are Clay's reports.<ref name="FEC2013">[http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00346080 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Clay for Congress Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013]</ref>
 
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the 2014 elections season. Below are Clay's reports.<ref name="FEC2013">[http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00346080 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Clay for Congress Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:William_Clay-2012_donor_breakdown.jpg‎|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Clay's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
 
Clay was re-elected to the [[U.S. House]] for a seventh term in 2012. His campaign committee raised a total of $866,835 and spent $991,857.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=MO01&cycle=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "William L. Lacy, Jr. 2012 Election Data," accessed July 2, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''OpenSecrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
 
Clay was re-elected to the [[U.S. House]] for a seventh term in 2012. His campaign committee raised a total of $866,835 and spent $991,857.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=MO01&cycle=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "William L. Lacy, Jr. 2012 Election Data," accessed July 2, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''OpenSecrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
 
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===2010===
 
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[[File:William_Lacy_Clay_2010_Donor_Breakdown.png‎|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Clay's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
 
Clay was re-elected to the [[U.S. House]] for a sixth term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $693,370 and spent $635,944.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00012460&type=I ''OpenSecrets'', "William L. Lacy, Jr. 2010 Election Data," accessed November 6, 2011]</ref> This is less than the average $1.4 million spent by House winners in 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''OpenSecrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
 
Clay was re-elected to the [[U.S. House]] for a sixth term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $693,370 and spent $635,944.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00012460&type=I ''OpenSecrets'', "William L. Lacy, Jr. 2010 Election Data," accessed November 6, 2011]</ref> This is less than the average $1.4 million spent by House winners in 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''OpenSecrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
 
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===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Clay paid his congressional staff a total of $1,105,626 in 2011. Overall, [[Missouri]] ranks 21st in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_William_L._Clay_Jr.html ''LegiStorm'', "William L. Clay Jr," accessed October 8, 2012]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Clay paid his congressional staff a total of $1,105,626 in 2011. Overall, [[Missouri]] ranked 21st in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_William_L._Clay_Jr.html ''LegiStorm'', "William L. Clay Jr," accessed October 8, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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William Lacy Clay
William Lacy Clay.JPG
U.S. House, Missouri, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorWilliam L. Clay, Sr. (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.24 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,148,261
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Missouri Senate from the 4th District
1991–2001
Missouri House of Representatives from the 59th District
1983-1991
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Personal
BirthdayJuly 27, 1956
Place of birthSt. Louis, Missouri
ProfessionParalegal
Net worth$115,003
ReligionNon-denominational Protestant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
William Lacy Clay, Jr. (b. July 27, 1956, in St. Louis, Missouri) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Missouri's 1st Congressional District. Clay was first elected to the House in 2000 and is currently serving his 7th consecutive term, having won re-election in 2012 by 60.8 percent.[1]

He began his political career as a Missouri State Representative in 1983, before becoming a Missouri State Senator in 1991 and finally moving into the U.S. House seat his father, William Clay, Sr., held for 32 years.[2]

Clay is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Clay is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Clay, Jr. was born in St. Louis, MO. He attended the University of Maryland-College Park, from which he earned a degree in political science and certification to be a paralegal.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Clay's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Clay serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Clay served on the following committees:[5]

2009-2010

Clay served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Clay's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Clay voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Clay voted in support of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Clay voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

Yea3.png Clay voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

Economy


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[11][12] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[12] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[13] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Clay joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[11][12]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.pngOn September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] Clay voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Clay voted for HR 2775.[18]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Nay3.png Clay voted in opposition of HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years. Clay was 1 of 144 Democrats who opposed the bill, while 44 voted for it.[19][9]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Clay voted in opposition of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[20][9]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Nay3.png Clay voted in opposition of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[21][9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Nay3.png Clay voted in opposition of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[21][9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Yea3.png Clay voted in support of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the PATRIOT Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Clay voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Issues

Ferguson police shooting response

See also: Shooting in Ferguson, Missouri

On August 17, 2014, Clay explained his displeasure with the militarization of the Ferguson police department in their response to Michael Brown's death, claiming, "A militarized police force facing down innocent protesters with sniper rifles and machine guns is totally unacceptable in America. Some of these police departments who have received this equipment have not been properly trained in its use by the military. So, that is a question that some of my colleagues in Congress have said that they are going to try to get answers to." New York City Police Department Chief Bernard Kerik, appearing on the same television talk show, defended the police tactics, claiming, "There were Molotov cocktails thrown. There was … property that was damaged. The police have to respond to that. You can't let the thugs take over the city."[23] On the same talk show, Clay called for more diverse police departments, stating about departments in largely African American communities, "They do not have enough diversity within their force; they do not have a healthy relationship with the African-American community that they are supposed to police," and called for a national examination of those scenarios.[24]

Reps. Clay and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) spoke with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on August 22, 2014, about dismantling the "1033" program run by the Defense Department, explaining, "We are pleased to report that we had a productive, expansive and very encouraging meeting with Secretary Hagel [Thursday] on our urgent concerns about the militarization of local law enforcement agencies through the distribution of surplus Department of Defense equipment via the 1033 Program. We have asked the secretary to review the program and to respond with his recommendations quickly."[25]

On The Issues Vote Match

William Lacy Clay's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Clay is a Hard-Core Liberal. Clay received a score of 80 percent on social issues and 4 percent on economic issues.[26]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[27]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[26]

Elections

2014

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See also: Missouri's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Clay is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 5, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

Clay was seeking re-election in 2012. He defeated fellow incumbent Russ Carnahan and challenger Candice Britton in the Democratic primary.[28][29] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[30]

U.S. House, Missouri District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Lacy Clay Incumbent 78.7% 267,927
     Republican Robyn Hamlin 17.9% 60,832
     Libertarian Robb E. Cunningham 3.5% 11,824
Total Votes 340,583
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Missouri District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Lacy Clay Incumbent 63.3% 57,672
Russ Carnahan Incumbent 33.9% 30,911
Candice Britton 2.8% 2,566
Total Votes 91,149

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Clay attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Clay is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Clay raised a total of $4,148,261 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[37]

William Lacy Clay's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Missouri, District 1) Won $866,834
2010 U.S. House (Missouri, District 1) Won $693,370
2008 U.S. House (Missouri, District 1) Won $674,852
2006 U.S. House (Missouri, District 1) Won $443,363
2004 U.S. House (Missouri, District 1) Won $369,305
2002 U.S. House (Missouri, District 1) Won $349,690
2000 U.S. House (Missouri, District 1) Won $750,847
Grand Total Raised $4,148,261

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Clay's reports.[38]

William Lacy Clay (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2013$118,356.18$63,844.92$(39,307.00)$142,894.10
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2013$142,894.10$85,414.00$(58,530.89)$169,777.21
October Quarterly[41]October 14, 2013$169,777.21$69,092.06$(46,485.20)$192,884.07
Year-End[42]January 27, 2014$192,884.07$69,848.02$(43,939.00)$218,793.09
April Quarterly[43]April 9, 2014$218,793.09$56,005.00$(38,226.71)$236,571.38
July Quarterly[44]July 14, 2014$236,571.38$64,985.26$(32,423.24)$269,133.40
Pre-Primary[45]July 25, 2014$269,133.40$16,800.00$(11,100.00)$274,833.40
October Quarterly[46]October 8, 2014$273,833.40$38,760.00$(51,591.91)$261,001.49
Running totals
$464,749.26$(321,603.95)

2012

Clay was re-elected to the U.S. House for a seventh term in 2012. His campaign committee raised a total of $866,835 and spent $991,857.[47] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

Cost per vote

Clay spent $3.24 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Clay was re-elected to the U.S. House for a sixth term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $693,370 and spent $635,944.[49] This is less than the average $1.4 million spent by House winners in 2010.[50]

Cost per vote

Clay spent $2.37 per vote received in 2010.


Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Clay's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $55,006 and $175,000. That averages to $115,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Clay ranked as the 375th most wealthy representative in 2012.[51] Between 2004 and 2012, Clay's calculated net worth[52] increased by an average of 12 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[53]

William Lacy Clay Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$58,949
2012$115,003
Growth from 2004 to 2012:95%
Average annual growth:12%[54]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[55]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Note: Clay's 2011 report was not available.

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Clay missed 671 of 9,662 roll call votes from January 2001 to July 2014, which is 6.9% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of July 2014.[56]

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Clay is a "far-left Democrat" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Clay received in June 2013.[56]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[57]

Clay most often votes with:

Clay least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Clay paid his congressional staff a total of $1,105,626 in 2011. Overall, Missouri ranked 21st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[58]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2013

Clay ranked 95th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[59]

2012

Clay ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[60]

2011

Clay ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2011.[61]

Voting with party

July 2014

William Lacy Clay voted with the Democratic Party 94.7 percent of the time, which ranked 43rd among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[62]

May 2013

William Lacy Clay voted with the Democratic Party 95.4 percent of the time, which ranked 102nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of May 2013.[63]

Personal

Clay is divorced, but he and his ex-wife have two children, Carol and Will.[64]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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  52. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  53. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  54. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  55. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Political offices
Preceded by
William L. Clay, Sr.
U.S. House of Representatives - Missouri District 1
2001-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
John Bass
Missouri State Senate - District 4
1991–2001
Succeeded by
Pat Dougherty
Preceded by
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Missouri House of Representatives - District 59
1983-1991
Succeeded by
Frank Williamson Sr.