William Lacy Clay

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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
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
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
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
ReligionNon-denominational Protestant
Websites
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]

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.[4]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Clay serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Clay served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2012

Clay was seeking re-election in 2012. He defeated fellow incumbent Russ Carnahan and challenger Candice Britton in the Democratic primary. [8][9] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[10]

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

2010

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).[11]

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

2012

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.[12]

Lacy Clay (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$386,679.10$83,592.18$(64,205.00)$406,066.28
July Quarterly[14]June 30, 2012$406,066.28$197,691.11$(183,551.68)$420,205.71
Pre-primary[15]July 22, 2012$420,205.71$29,682.85$(233,347.59)$216,540.97
October Quarterly[16]October 14, 2012$216,540.97$138,746.80$(289,603.19)$65,684.58
Running totals
$449,712.94$(770,707.46)

2010

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.[17]
U.S. House, Missouri, 2010 - William Lacy Clay Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $693,370
Total Spent $635,944
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $23,930
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $24,012
Top contributors to William Lacy Clay's campaign committee
Boeing Co$15,010
AT&T Inc$10,500
Rent-A-Center$10,250
American Postal Workers Union$10,000
Assn of Progressive Rental Organizations$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Public Sector Unions$57,500
Building Trade Unions$41,500
Finance/Credit Companies$35,350
Insurance$28,000
Misc Services$25,500

Analysis

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.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.[19]

Political Analysis

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.

2011

According to the data released in 2012, William Lacy Clay was ranked one of the most liberal representatives during 2011. This is a position shared by eighteen other representatives.[20]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, William Lacy Clay has voted with the Democratic Party 92.1% of the time, which ranked 118th among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[21]

Personal

Lacy and his wife are divorced, but have two children - Carol and Will.[22]

External links

References

  1. AP Results "U.S. House in Missouri Results" Accessed August 7, 2012
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  3. Gov Track "Clay" Accessed May 25, 2012
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "CLAY, William Lacy, Jr., (1956 - )"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay, Serving the People of Missouri's 1st District "Committees"
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Open Secrets "William Lacy Clay Representative 2012" Accessed January 21, 2012
  9. AP Results "U.S. House in Missouri Results" Accessed August 7, 2012
  10. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  12. Federal Election Commission "Lacy Clay Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission "Lacy Clay April Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Lacy Clay July Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "Lacy Clay Pre-primary," Accessed October 9, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "Lacy Clay October Quarterly," Accessed October 31, 2012
  17. Open Secrets "William L. Lacy Jr 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 6, 2011
  18. LegiStorm, "William L. Clay Jr," Accessed October 8, 2012
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "William L. Clay Jr (D-MO), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  20. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  22. Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay, Serving the People of Missouri's 1st District "About Lacy"
Political offices
Preceded by
William L. Clay, Sr.
U.S. House of Representatives - Missouri District 1
2001-Present
Succeeded by
'
Preceded by
John Bass
Missouri State Senate - District 4
1991–2001
Succeeded by
Pat Dougherty
Preceded by
'
Missouri House of Representatives - District 59
1983-1991
Succeeded by
Frank Williamson Sr.