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Rep. William “Bill” Clay Sr.

Former Representative for Missouri’s 1st District

Clay was the representative for Missouri’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1969 to 2000.

Photo of Rep. William “Bill” Clay [D-MO1, 1969-2000]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Clay is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2000 positioned according to our liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Clay was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Clay sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Families (15%) Education (15%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Labor and Employment (12%) Social Welfare (12%) Law (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Clay’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1969 to Dec 2000, Clay missed 2,989 of 16,505 roll call votes, which is 18.1%. This is much worse than the median of 3.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2000. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: