William Barclay (politician)

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William A. Barclay
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 120th district
Assumed office
January 2003
Personal details
Born (1969-01-05) January 5, 1969 (age 53)[1]
Syracuse, New York[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Margaret[2]
Children two[2]
Residence Pulaski, New York[2]
Alma mater St. Lawrence University
Syracuse University College of Law[2]
Profession lawyer, politician
Website Official website

William A. "Will" Barclay[3] (born January 5, 1969)[1] is a Republican member of the New York State Assembly representing the 120th Assembly District, which includes Oswego, New York and portions of Onondaga, Jefferson and Oswego counties.

Barclay was born in Syracuse, New York.[1] He earned his B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1992, and his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law in 1995. After graduating from law school he served as a clerk for Roger Miner, a judge in the United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit, in both Albany and New York City.[2]

He is a partner in the law firm, Hiscock & Barclay. His father is Hugh Douglas Barclay, a former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador.

Barclay was first elected to the State Assembly on November 5, 2002.[2] He won the November 2008 general election with 67 percent of the vote[4][5] and ran uncontested in the November 2010 and 2012 general elections.[6][7][8]

Barclay is currently the Deputy Minority Leader in the New York State Assembly,[9] ranker on the Insurance Committee and Chairman of the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee.

On December 14, 2007, William Barclay announced his candidacy for New York State Senator, in New York's 48th Senate district. He was seeking to replace former Senator Jim Wright, who announced his resignation on December 12, 2007. He lost the election to Democratic assemblyman Darrel Aubertine (who was defeated the following term by Patty Ritchie, a Republican).

He and his wife Margaret reside in Pulaski, New York, and are the parents of two sons,[2] Harry and George.[3]

Ed Hennessey Stalking Incident

As chairman of the New York State Republican Assembly Campaign Committee, Barklay set in motion--and insists in the legality of--the so-called "Edward Hennessey Stalking Incident" in which on behalf of Barklay's chosen candidate Dean Murray, a Democratic opponent, Edward Hennessey,was surveilled in his home and a GPS tracking bug affixed to his automobile, to which Mr. Barklay expounded: "One of the methods of doing that is tracking where the guy is staying at night."


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "William A. Barclay: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 24, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Assembly Member William A. 'Will' Barclay (NY)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 24, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  7. "Assembly Election Returns: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/2012_election_results_how_syra.html#nyassembly". Syracuse.com. 2012. External link in |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Robert J. Warner
New York State Assembly, 120th District