Hand-Me-Down District

After 32 years, Bill Clay is retiring from his congressional seat. He wants to leave it to his son, but a crowded, eccentric field of candidates is contesting the will.

State Sen. Lacy Clay is running for his father's congressional seat, banking on name recognition and his record in the state Legislature.
Jennifer Silverberg
State Sen. Lacy Clay is running for his father's congressional seat, banking on name recognition and his record in the state Legislature.
County Councilman Charlie Dooley retired from his job at McDonnell Douglas so he could run for Congress full-time.
Jennifer Silverberg
County Councilman Charlie Dooley retired from his job at McDonnell Douglas so he could run for Congress full-time.

So it's fitting that as Bill Clay retires, he's providing for his son, who, as a result of term limits, cannot run again for the state Legislature. Something had to give. And even if Lacy Clay succeeds his father, Missouri has lost a congressman every 20 years since 1940. After the census of 2000, redistricting could have Gephardt and whoever holds the 1st District seat scrambling for Democratic voters. And as a first-term congressman, whoever wins the 1st District race probably won't have much to say about what happens.

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