Clay was the representative for Missouri’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2001 to 2020.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Clay.
Clay is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2020 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Clay sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 28, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Clay was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 3058 (115th): Gateway Arch National Park Designation Act
- H.R. 1927 (115th): African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017
- H.R. 2908 (114th): National Bison Legacy Act
- H.J.Res. 70 (112th): To grant the consent of Congress to an amendment to the compact between the States of Missouri and Illinois providing that bonds issued by the Bi-State Development ...
- H.R. 6400 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 111 North 6th Street in St. Louis, Missouri, as the “Earl Wilson, Jr. Post Office”.
- H.R. 3072 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 9810 Halls Ferry Road in St. Louis, Missouri, as the “Coach Jodie Bailey Post Office ...
- H.R. 1309 (110th): Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007
Does 11 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Clay sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Clay’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 104 (116th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to prohibit ...
- H.Con.Res. 125 (116th): Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction ...
- H.Res. 1025 (116th): Expressing support for the designation of June as “National Homeownership Month”, honoring ...
- H.R. 6741 (116th): COVID-19 Mortgage Relief Act
- H.R. 6340 (116th): To provide for mortgage forbearance during the COVID-19 emergency, and for other ...
- H.R. 5931 (116th): Improving FHA Support for Small Dollar Mortgages Act of 2020
- H.R. 5720 (116th): To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to prohibit the creation and ...
From Jan 2001 to Dec 2020, Clay missed 836 of 13,261 roll call votes, which is 6.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2020. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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