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Todd Akin


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 2nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2001
Preceded by Jim Talent

Born July 5, 1947 (1947-07-05) (age 62)
New York City, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lulli Akin
Residence Town and Country, Missouri
Alma mater Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Covenant Theological Seminary
Occupation Engineer, plant manager
Religion Presbyterian Church in America
Military service
Service/branch United States Army National Guard
Years of service 1972-1980
Unit Missouri

W. Todd Akin (born July 5, 1947), is an American politician from the U.S. state of Missouri currently serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. A Republican, he represents Missouri's 2nd congressional district (map), which includes the affluent western St. Louis suburbs of Kirkwood, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Town and Country, and Des Peres located along Interstate 270 in West County and the northwestern exurbs of St. Charles and St. Peters in St. Charles County.

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Biography

Born in New York City, Akin later moved to St. Louis and attended John Burroughs School. After graduating, he attended the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts where he earned a degree in management engineering, and in 1984 he earned a Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. From 1972 to 1980, he served in the Missouri National Guard.[1] After his military career, he took up work at IBM as an engineer and later became a manager at Laclede Steel. Akin was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives representing western St. Louis County (West County) in 1988. He was reeelected five times.

In 2000, Republican U.S. Representative Jim Talent vacated the seat in his unsuccessful run for Governor of Missouri. Akin won a closely contested Republican primary election to replace Talent, defeating former St. Louis County Executive Gene McNary and State Senator Franc Flotron.[2] He defeated Democratic State Senator Ted House in the general election, winning 55 percent of the vote.[3]

Akin is currently a member of the House Armed Services Committee, House Science Committee, and the House Small Business Committee. In 2009, he was named the Ranking Member of the Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over all Navy and Marine Corps procurement.

Akin lives in Town and Country, a wealthy suburb in West St. Louis County. However, he is listed on the House roll as "R-St. Louis." This may be because many areas of the St. Louis County portion of the district (including one of his district offices) have St. Louis addresses even though the district does not include any portion of St. Louis itself.

Views

As a State Representative, Akin earned a reputation as one of the most conservative members of the Republican caucus. Akin was an outspoken opponent of abortion and embryonic stem cell research, a supporter of the right to keep and bear arms, and is generally opposed to increases in taxation and spending. As a U.S. Representative, he has continued to support these views, earning a 96% rating from the American Conservative Union in 2008, and 100% in 2007.[4]

Akin is a staunch advocate of a federal prohibition of online poker. In 2006, he co-sponsored H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act[5] and H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.[6]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Talent
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 2nd congressional district

2001–
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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