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William Lacy Clay
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U.S. House, Missouri, District 1
In office
January 3, 2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 14
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Missouri Senate from the 4th district
Missouri House of Representatives from the 59th district
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Date of birthJuly 27, 1956
Place of birthSt. Louis, Missouri
ReligionNon-denominational Protestant
Office website
Campaign website
William Lacy Clay campaign logo
William Lacy Clay, Jr. (b. July 27, 1956) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Missouri. Clay was elected by voters from Missouri's 1st congressional district. He ran for re-election in 2012.

Clay defeated fellow incumbent Russ Carnahan in the Democratic primary on August 7, 2012.[1] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Clay is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[3]


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.[4]


Clay worked as a paralegal before entering the Missouri House of Representatives in 1983.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Clay serves on the following committees:[5]



Clay was seeking re-election in 2012. He defeated fellow incumbent Russ Carnahan and challenger Candice Britton in the Democratic primary. [6][7] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[8]

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"
Missouri's 1st Congressional District 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


On November 2, 2010, Clay was re-elected to the United States House for a sixth term. He defeated Robyn Hamlin (R) and Julie Stone (Libertarian).[9]

United States House, Missouri General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Lacy Clay Incumbent 73.6% 135,907
     Republican Robyn Hamlin 23.6% 43,649
     Libertarian Julie Stone 2.8% 5,223
Total Votes 184,779

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Clay's reports.[10]

Lacy Clay (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$386,679.10$83,592.18$(64,205.00)$406,066.28
July Quarterly[12]June 30, 2012$406,066.28$197,691.11$(183,551.68)$420,205.71
Pre-primary[13]July 22, 2012$420,205.71$29,682.85$(233,347.59)$216,540.97
October Quarterly[14]October 14, 2012$216,540.97$138,746.80$(289,603.19)$65,684.58
Running totals


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.[15]


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 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.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Clay's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $4,004 to $60,000. Averaging out to a net worth of $32,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[17]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

William Lacy Clay voted with the Democratic Party 92.1% of the time, which ranked 118th among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[18]


Lacy and his wife are divorced, but have two children - Carol and Will.[19]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
William L. Clay, Sr.
U.S. House of Representatives - Missouri District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Bass
Missouri State Senate - District 4
Succeeded by
Pat Dougherty
Preceded by
Missouri House of Representatives - District 59
Succeeded by
Frank Williamson Sr.