William Lacy Clay, Jr.

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William Lacy Clay

William (Lacy) Clay is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 1st district of Missouri. His father William Lacy Clay, Sr. held the seat before Jr. was first elected to the in 2000. Prior to his election, Clay served for 17 years in both chambers of the Missouri Legislature.

Clay is the father of Carol and Will. He resides in St. Louis and attends St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

As a result of the 2010 Census redistricting, Clay was placed into a district with fellow Democratic incumbent Russ Carnahan. In the 2012 Democratic Primary, Clay defeated Carnahan.[1]


  • Financial Services
  • Oversight and Government Reform Committee
  • Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives, Chairman


In his successful 2000, Congressional campaign Clay was aided by veteran campaign manager Pearlie Evans, headquarters manager Gwen Reed, Committeewoman Virginia Cook, Committeewoman Colleen Roche and consultant Mark Odom as field coordinators and Representative Pat O'Connor, former state senator John Bass and unionist and Communist Party USA affiliate Lew Moye as campaign advisers.[2]

Staffer's 2004 trip to Cuba

In May 2004, Robert Odom from the office of Congressman William Lacy Clay spent four days in Havana, Cuba, for the purpose of "fact finding", as a part of a Congressional staff delegation. The trip cost $1,340.16 and was paid for by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation.[3]

UMS Town hall meeting

On July 11, 2005, Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr. held a town hall meeting at the Millennium Student Center on the UM-St. Louis campus. The discussion on social security was moderated by Julius Hunter, vice president of community relations at St. Louis University and former news anchor for KMOV Channel 4. Panel members included Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City); Rev. James Morris, of St. Louis Interfaith Partnership; Thomas Helton, executive board member of ASUM; and Margarida Jorge, director of Missourians United to Protect Social Services. Several hundred community members attended the meeting, which was followed by a reception with Clay.[4]

Supported student hunger strike

In April 2005, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, commited at least $1 million over the next two years toward higher salaries and better benefits for low-paid contract employees as a result of a 19-day sit-in by students demanding a living wage for service workers. Wash U’s Student Worker Alliance reached a groundbreaking agreement with campus officials April 22. “We won more in the last 19 days than we won in the last 18 months put together,” said SWA member Ojiugo Uzoma.

The new agreement is a significant step towards a living wage for campus service workers, who were making an average of $7.50 an hour. The university agreed to continue working towards a living wage and to form a joint student-university committee, with SWA representation, to improve university policy of freedom of association for all workers directly or indirectly employed by the university. Also, the university will join the Workers’ Rights Consortium, which ensures that factories producing university clothing and other goods respect workers’ rights.

At the April 22 victory rally, Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) told SWA members, “You students risked a lot. But it was a worthwhile victory.”

Missouri state Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal told the Communist Party USA's Peoples World, “These courageous students fought their butts off. Never, for one moment, did they think about giving up.” During the last weekend of the sit-in, Chappelle-Nadal joined the students on the hunger strike and slept in the admissions office with the students.

Throughout the sit-in, community and labor support was strong. On April 7, Missouri AFL-CIO President Hugh McVey led a rally at Washington U in support of the students. John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO, sent a letter of support. Every day during the sit-in, labor and community groups, including the Missouri-Kansas Communist Party, brought the students lunch and dinner, and helped organize noon and 5 p.m. rallies. Throughout the hunger strike, religious leaders kept a 24-hour vigil outside of the admissions office.

“Nineteen days is a long time,” said Joan Suarez, a member of Democratic Socialists of America, the Workers Rights Board and Jobs with Justice “Everyone talks about the courage of these students.” Suarez said that as the students were leaving the admissions office, workers walked up to them and told them, “Thank you.” Many had tears in their eyes, she said.

The Washington U victory came just weeks after students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., went on a hunger strike and won living wages for campus employees there. “SWA learned from like-minded groups across the country,” said Danielle Christmas, an SWA member. “We saw other students take power into their own hands. We knew that if things were going to change here, we had to take power into our hands,”[5]

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists conference


From May 22-25, 2008, the Communist Party USA founded Coalition of Black Trade Unionists held their 37th International Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.

Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. was one of speakers at the May 22 opening session:[6]

Congressional Progressive Caucus

As of February 20 2009 William (Lacy) Clay was listed as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[7]

Congressional Black Caucus

William Lacy Clay, Jr. is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 113th Congress:[8]

Relationship with Jamala Rogers


Writing in the St Louis American, March 14, 2013, Freedom Road Socialist Organization member Jamala Rogers, claimed to have a "long relationship with" both Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed and Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr..[9]

William Lacy Clay, Jr. spoke alongside Jamala Rogers, at the August 2007 Veterans for Peace convention in St.Louis

Calloway Awards Banquet


The St. Louis Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Ernest and De Verne Calloway Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in downtown St. Louis. Speakers included Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr., Secretary of State Candidate Jason Kander, Governor Nixon representative Damion Trasada, State Representative Karla May.

The MC for the program was Mary Armstrong, President of the St. Louis Teachers Union. Over 250 guests were in attendance. Congressman Clay stated “the upcoming election is the most important election in generations, this election is about you, your families and your future, and we need to turnout in massive numbers for President Obama and the Democratic Party State Ticket”.

CBTU Chapter President Lew Moye stated “we can win Missouri for President Obama with a massive turnout from the African American Communities.[10]

"Socialist issues"


Missouri Communist Party USA member E. E. W. Clay, commented on a People's World article "Mega-storm now underway a taste of what may be" by John Bachtell, October 29 2012;[11]

Democrats, especially since the base of their Party is so working class, so multi-generational, multi-ethnic, and multi-racial, demands change-and basic change.

The thrust of the more progressive elements, the NAACP and labor influences, through John Conyers's, the John Lewis's and the tradition of the Digg's, the Stokes's and the Barbara Lee's, and now, Emanuel Cleaver and Lacy Clay, is guiding the country to a more inclusive and a substantive democracy, based on bread, butter and peace, and therefore, socialist issues.
That is why Democratic Congressperson Lacy Clay recently urged with Lew Moye, local President of The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, at the annual Ernest and Laverne Calloway Awards Banquet(these two close friends of our CPUSA's icon, James E. Jackson Jr.) to get out the vote on 6 November to support people's progress, the African American base of the Democratic Party, the ballot, continuing Social Security, Medicaid, trade unionism, and expanding health care for all Americans.

Leading with Love


Leading with Love was an event to celebrate 5 years of the Marxist led National Domestic Workers Alliance. It was held in Washington DC, DC, November 14, 2012.

Members of the Host Committee included Lacy Clay.[12]

Lifting travel ban on Cuba

A May 03, 2013 Press release from the radical controlled and Institute for Policy Studies affiliated Latin America Working Group's Cuba Team stated:

Due to your action/emails/phone calls we have 59 signatures from House representatives urging President Obama to support travel to Cuba by granting general licenses for ALL current categories of travel.
By eliminating the laborious license application process, especially for people-to-people groups, that is managed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the majority of the bureaucratic red tape that holds up licensable travel to Cuba would disappear and actually facilitate what the President wanted to see in 2011, liberalized travel regulations.

Signatories included Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr..[13]

Fred Ross award campaign

In early 2013, mainly Democratic Socialists of America aligned activists, together with many elected officials across the United States came together to urge President Barack Obama to award posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the legendary organizer, Fred Ross, Sr.. The Saul Alinsky trained radical was the first to organize people through house meetings, a mentor to both Cesar Chavez and DSAer Dolores Huerta, and a pioneer in Latino voter outreach since 1949 when he helped elect Communist Party USA affiliate Ed Roybal as Los Angeles’s first Latino council member, "Ross’ influence on social change movements remains strong two decades after his death in 1992".

Congressional endorsers of the proposal included William Lacy Clay.[14]


The following have worked as staff members for William Lacy Clay:[15]

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