William Lacy Clay – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected U.S. Representative District 1, Missouri

Missouri Democratic Party
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PO Box 4544St.Louis, MO 63108
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

Since you first elected me as your Congressman, I've fought hard to be a strong voice for Missouri's 1st Congressional District and the entire St. Louis region. I never forget the working families; seniors, lower income citizens and young people who expect me to stand up for the things that really matter to them. My legislative priorities focus on four key building blocks that create stronger communities: jobs, education, healthcare and housing.

Being from Missouri, I have always admired President Harry Truman. He was fond of saying, "Politicians need to remember that we're just the hired help." I want to assure you, I never forget who hired me to do this job. It's a high honor to represent you in Washington. I hope I can earn your vote in 2010 to continue to fight for what really matters to you and your family.

Thank you for all your help and support.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Congressman Clay and his wife, Ivie Lewellen Clay, reside in St. Louis. They are the proud parents of two children: Carol and William III.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Mr. Clay earned a Bachelor of Science degree in government and politics from University of Maryland. He also attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and holds Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degrees from Lincoln University and Harris-Stowe State University.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Mr. Clay's professional experience includes work as paralegal, realtor, and Congressional Aide in United States House of Representatives.

Management Consultant.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, 2004-present

Member, Saint Louis Public Schools Desegregation Monitoriing Committee, 1999-present

Member, Board of Directors, William L. Clay Scholarship and Research Fund, 1994-present

Member, 26th/28th Ward Democratic Organization, 1983-present

100 Black Men of America

Board of Directors, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Member, Board of Directors, Mary Ryder Home for Aged Women

Member, Missouri State Public Employees Deferred Compensation Commission

Member, Board of Directors, Saint Louis Gateway Classics Sports Foundation

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Prior to his election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Clay served 17 years in both chambers of the Missouri Legislature.

The Congressman, who is serving his 7th term in the U.S. House, is a senior member of the powerful House Financial Services Committee.

He is the Ranking Member on the newly-created House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic & International Monetary Policy and Technology. This key subcommittee will have major oversight responsibilities over the Federal Reserve, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Mr. Clay also serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has major oversight and investigative responsibilities for the operations of the federal government.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Catholic.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

Among his many accomplishments was the establishment of Missouri's landmark Hate Crimes Law, which covers crimes committed on the basis of race, gender, religion, ethnic origin, disabilities and sexual orientation.

Consumers
Consumers, a General Statement

Education is the most important tool to prevent consumer injury. While the FTC does not resolve individual consumer problems, the information you provide helps them track fraud and can lead to law enforcement action.

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iraq
Continued US Military Presence in Iraq

Now that the fighting has begun and the brave men and women of our armed forces go forward into harm's way, we must honor their sacrifices and we humbly salute their service.

As Americans we are united in prayers for their safe return. And we hope that a victory will lead us to a different era when violence will be replaced by a new vision of justice, tolerance, security and peace, for all people. As I support our troops' dedication to service and commitment to getting the job done with as little loss of life as possible, as a Congressman and as an American I remain convinced that diplomacy should always be primary and war secondary.

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Iraq, a General Statement

Since the beginning of the sad events leading up to this war, I have fought as a U.S. Congressman and with an enduring sense of duty and compassion for all Americans, to oppose a war that I believe is unjust and unnecessary at this time. Now that the fighting has begun and the brave men and women of our armed forces go forward into harm's way, we must honor their sacrifices and we humbly salute their service.

As Americans we are united in prayers for their safe return. And we hope that a victory will lead us to a different era when violence will be replaced by a new vision of justice, tolerance, security and peace, for all people. As I support our troops' dedication to service and commitment to getting the job done with as little loss of life as possible, as a Congressman and as an American I remain convinced that diplomacy should always be primary and war secondary.

Sometimes the course of history cannot be changed and nations on a collision course cannot be diverted from each other. This is one of those times. However, this too shall pass. As we look toward the future, as we pledge to help rebuild a post-war Iraq, I would sincerely urge the Bush Administration to also work to rebuild our relationship with the people and countries that comprise the United Nations. Already, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan is offering his hand in cooperation. Today, he said, ``Let us not dwell on the divisions of the past. Let us confront the harsh realities of the present, however harsh, and look for ways to forge stronger unity in the future. Also, he said, ``the peoples of the world have made clear that they want to see power harnessed to legitimacy. They want their leaders to come together, in the United Nations, to resolve the problems shared by all humanity,'' the Secretary-General said. And I agree.

And at the same time we must fully address those problems and political ideologies that breed terrorists so this problem will end. As the last remaining superpower o [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

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