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Lacy Clay currently serves the First Congressional district of Missouri

William Lacy Clay, Jr., usually known as Lacy Clay, was elected as a Democratic member of the U. S. House of Representatives in 2000 to represent the First Congressional District of Missouri. (map)

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Lacy Clay voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Economy

In this CSPAN video (http://www.youtube.com/v/_MGT_cSi7Rs&hl=en&fs=1) you can see William "Lacy" Clay, Jr. calling Fannie Mae's illegal activity a "lynching of Franklin Raines" and that the [stock] "markets are not worried about the safety and soundness of Fannie Mae".[citation needed]

Iraq War

Clay voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Transparency legislation

On March 5, 2007, Reps. Clay, Todd Russell Platts (R-Penn.), and Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) introduced the Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007 (H.R. 1309), to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act. On March 15, 2007, the bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Specifically, the bill would state the following:

  • A government agency with a request for information may not reject that request if the requester is with the news media, but can not show institutional associations. Prior publication history (including books, magazines and newspaper articles, newsletters, television and radio broadcasts and internet publications) is valid evidence of these associations. If there is no publishing history, the agency must then consider the requester’s stated intent to distribute the information to a reasonably broad audience. [2]
  • A suit filed in compliant of denial can allow for attorney fees to be paid. If a request is denied for arbitrary or capricious reasons, a civil action can be brought by the requester. [3]
  • After one year from enactment of this bill, an agency must decide on providing the information within 20 days of the request. [4]
  • A system of tracking numbers is to be developed to track individual requests and a telephone or internet service is to be established that allows for requesters to consult on the status using the tracking number provided within ten days of the request. [5]

The bill passed the House by a 308-117 vote.

Main article: U.S. congressional efforts to amend the Freedom of Information Act

Support for gun control

Clay cosponsored H.R 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 9, 2007.[6]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

Bio

Born in Saint Louis, Missouri on July 27, 1956, Clay's family moved to Washington D.C., when his father William Lacy Clay, Sr. was elected to the House of Representatives, holding the same seat now occupied by his son, from 1969 to 2001. Clay, Jr. attended the University of Maryland, College Park and was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1983, the same year that he graduated. While serving, he completed a Master's degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 1991 he was elected to the Missouri State Senate. During his seventeen years in the State legislature, he worked to end racial and gender discrimination.

Clay has been active in the Democratic Party, serving on the Missouri State Democratic Party Executive Board and as a Missouri Democratic National Committeeman.

Congressional career

In 2000, Clay successfully ran for the Congressional seat occupied by his father for thirty-two years.

William Lacy Clay has been a consistent critic of the War in Iraq and was among those who voted against the 2002 Iraq War Resolution.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Mark Byrne to face Clay in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Clay retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Lacy Clay
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments are not yet available for the 110th Congress.

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Lacy Clay. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
131 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-2501
Phone: 202-225-2406
Fax: 202-225-1725
Web Email
Website

District Office - Saint Louis City:
625 North Euclid Avenue, Suite 326
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-367-1970
Fax: 314-367-1341

District Office - Saint Louis County:
8525 Page Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63114
Phone: 314-890-0349
Fax: 314-427-6320

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Robert McElroy, "Freedom Of Information Requests Process Clarified and Improved," TheWeekInCongress, March 16, 2007.
  3. Robert McElroy, "Freedom Of Information Requests Process Clarified and Improved," TheWeekInCongress, March 16, 2007.
  4. Robert McElroy, "Freedom Of Information Requests Process Clarified and Improved," TheWeekInCongress, March 16, 2007.
  5. Robert McElroy, "Freedom Of Information Requests Process Clarified and Improved," TheWeekInCongress, March 16, 2007.
  6. Thomas page on H.R. 1022

Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

Articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Congressional Black Caucus
Committees: House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy Trade and Technology, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform/Subcommittee on Information Policy Census and National Archives, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform/Subcommittee on Federal Workforce Post Office and the District of Columbia
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2000
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2001
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
Missouri Senate, Missouri House of Representatives
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District Offices:
1. 625 North Euclid Avenue, Suite 326 Saint Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-367-1970 / Fax: 314-367-1341
2. 8525 Page Boulevard Saint Louis, MO 63114
Phone: 314-890-0349 / Fax: 314-427-6320




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Date of Birth: July 27, 1956