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Rep. William “Bill” Clay Sr.

Former Representative from Missouri’s 1st District, Democrat

Clay, a Democrat, was the representative for Missouri's 1st congressional district from 1969 to 2000.

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


Our unique analysis of the bills Clay sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2000. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Clay is shown as a purple triangle. (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 about one third or more 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: