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.
Congressman Clay and his wife, Ivie Lewellen Clay, reside in St. Louis. They are the proud parents of two children: Carol and William III.
Mr. Clay's professional experience includes work as paralegal, realtor, and Congressional Aide in United States House of Representatives.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)
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.
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