Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay was first elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 2000, succeeding his father, the Honorable Bill Clay, who served for 32 years and was a founding Member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Mr. Clay served for 17 years in both chambers of the Missouri Legislature.
Congressman Clay was selected to join the House Democratic leadership team where he serves as one of eight Deputy Democratic Whips. He is tasked with coordinating votes among delegations in Region IV, which includes Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Mr. Clay serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has major oversight and investigative responsibilities for the operations of the federal government.
Congressman Clay is also a member of the powerful Financial Services Committee, where he serves as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy. The Financial Services Committee has broad jurisdiction over banking, insurance, investment firms, pensions, consumer credit and capital markets.
Wm. Lacy Clay is a native St. Louisan.
He is a graduate of the University of Maryland.
Mr. Clay also holds honorary degrees from Lincoln University, Harris-Stowe State University and Logan College.
Congressman Clay is the proud father of Carol and Will.
He resides in St. Louis and attends St. Nicholas’ Catholic Church.