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Everything a Father Should Be

Courtesy Rep. William Lacy Clay
As a child, Rep. William Lacy Clay (right) watched from the House floor as his father, former Rep. William Lacy Clay Sr., was sworn in.

I used to say, Oh, Im forging my own path, rejecting the following-the-footsteps kind of thing, but naturally, thats an assumption, the West Virginia Republican said. I think he left pretty big footprints, and Im trying to follow in his footsteps but carving my own path at the same time.

No matter the hours, the sacrifices or the job description, in the end, the former Members were all fathers first.

I dont know that, as a kid, you recognize the difference, Mack said. Its just your dad. Hes the guy that shows up at your Little League baseball game and helps you with your homework and does all those types of things. Hes a shoulder to cry on when youve got problems. ... Hes my hero, hes my dad, hes everything I think a man should be, a father should be and a husband should be.

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