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.
The Congressman, who is serving his 8th term in the U.S. House, is a senior member of the powerful House Financial Services Committee where he serves as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. This key subcommittee has major oversight responsibilities over banks, credit unions, brokerage houses, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and credit rating agencies.
Mr. Clay is also a senior member on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has major oversight and investigative responsibilities for the operations of the federal government.
Recently, Congressman Clay expanded his congressional portfolio to include a seat on the House Natural Resources Committee where he is working to combat climate change, protect wilderness areas, safeguard clean water and clean air and make sure that future generations enjoy America’s remarkable natural assets.
The Congressman is the St. Louis region’s senior Member of Congress and the Dean of Missouri’s U.S. House delegation.
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, the University of the District of Columbia and Logan College.
Congressman Clay is the proud father of Carol and Will.
He resides in St. Louis and attends St. Nicholas’ Catholic Church.