William Lacy "Bill" Clay ( born April 30, 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri ) is a former American politician. Between 1969 and 2001 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Bill Clay studied until 1953 at Saint Louis University. Thereafter he served until 1955 in the U.S. Army. In the following years he worked until 1961 in the real estate industry and in the life insurance business. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1959 and 1964 he sat on the city council of St. Louis. In 1963 he was sentenced to 105 days in jail because he had participated in a civil rights demonstration. Bill Clay was also involved in the union movement and represented 1961-1964 the interests of the employees of the City of St. Louis.
In the congressional elections of 1968, Clay was the first electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Frank M. Karsten on January 3, 1969. After 15 re- election he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 2001, a total 16 legislative periods. Between 1991 and 1995 he was chairman of the Committee for the postal system and the civil service. In Congress, by Clay, mainly focused on environmental issues, labor problems and social concerns one. During his time as a congressman of the Vietnam War ended. In 1974, the Watergate scandal shook the political life in America. Meanwhile, Clay became negative in the headlines when he rang up false travel expenses.
In 2000, Bill Clay renounced a new Congress candidacy. His mandate fell to his son William, who represents the first district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives since January 3, 2001.