Clay received his Bachelors degree from AASU in 1999 and graduated Law School in 2001.
Clay was the treasurer for the John Marshall Law School Federalist Society. He was formerly a Warrant Officer for Fulton County, and had also worked with for the Chatham County Sheriff's Department.
His interests outside the office include scuba diving, fishing, and spending time with his children. Clay passed the Georgia Bar in February 2001.