|W. Todd Akin|
|U.S. House, Missouri, District 2|
|January 3, 2001-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||13|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 7, 2000|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Missouri House of Representatives from the 86th district|
|Missouri House of Representatives from the 85th district|
|Bachelor's||Worcester Polytechnic Institute|
|Master's||Covenant Theological Seminary|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1972-1980|
|Birthday||July 5, 1947|
|Place of birth||New York City, New York|
|Profession||Engineer, plant manager|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Issues
- 7 Polls
- 8 Campaign donors
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Akin was born in New York City. He attended the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts where he earned a degree in management engineering. In 1984 he earned a Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis.
From 1972 to 1980, Akin served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Belvoir in Alexandria, Virginia. After his military career, he took up work at IBM as an engineer and later became a manager at Laclede Steel Company.
Akin serves on the following committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces (Chairman)
- House Budget Committee
- House Science Committee
A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members. According to the report, Tierney has helped direct about $3.5 million toward a 950-space parking garage and commuter rail station in Salem, Mass. The facility will be located roughly 1/4 mile from a commercial building Tierney co-owns.
Akin is seeking election to the U.S. Senate. He defeated John Brunner, Sarah Steelman, Mark Lodes, Jerry Beck, Mark Memoly, Robert Poole, and Hector Maldonado in the August 7, 2012 Republican primary. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012. He will face incumbent Claire McCaskill and Libertarian Party candidate Jonathan Dine.
An October 2012 article in The Daily named Akin one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.
The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the Senate in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013. The seat rated a a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believes is 3rd most likely to end up Republican is the Senate seat in Missouri. The article notes incumbent freshman senator Claire McCaskill (D) is vulnerable in the Republican leaning state.
The primary took place on August 7, 2012.
On his campaign website, Akin lists seven issues. They are:
- Public Healthcare
- Akin says, "The American public has said loud and clear that they do not want a government takeover of health care. Let's repeal the current law and replace it with meaningful reforms that drive coverage costs down, keep decisions with patients and expand access to health insurance."
- Akin states, "We need to return local control to our schools. In 2001, I opposed my own party when I stood in opposition to President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. [...] It is time to end Washington’s trend as “Federal Superintendent of Education” and give control and funding back to the States and local school boards. In short, reducing excessive federal regulations will make more dollars available our local schools, and allow those who actually interact with students to focus spending where it is most needed."
- Akin says, "The regulations imposed on the energy industry has stifled investment and stalled our ability to keep up with the needs of our nation. As a result, we continue a growing dependence of foreign energy sources."
- Akin says, "We must also overhaul our system of taxation. I have long been a supporter of the Fair Tax. The Fair Tax expands the tax base and flattens the tax burden. The Fair Tax allows taxpayers to keep more of what they make and empowers the taxpayer to take a greater role in managing their tax burden."
- Akin discusses two issues on his campaign page.
- Abortion: "One of the beliefs on which I will never waiver is that life begins at conception. During my time in public office, I have remained steadfast in this belief. I have been a vocal supporter and sponsor of numerous pro-life legislative initiatives at both the state and federal level that protect the rights of the unborn."
- Gun Rights: "During my time in Congress, I have supported a number of measures that seek to protect an individual’s constitutional right to bear arms, and to rein in heavy handed attempts by our government to infringe upon that right."
- Akin says, "If government spending was truly the answer to our problems, we should now have a booming economy. Despite the Obama spending spree, reported unemployment lingers around 9%, and real unemployment hangs closer to 20%. Spending only makes our economic woes worse. The only way to get out of a hole is to stop digging. We owe our children and grandchildren better than to burden them with debt tomorrow for our “wants” today. It’s well past time to cut the federal credit card."
- Veterans and Defense
- Akin says, "I believe that providing for the national defense is a charge given to Congress explicitly in the United States Constitution and I will continue to be a strong advocate for the men and women in uniform that pledge all in defending our freedom." 
|Todd Akin vs. Claire McCaskill|
|Poll||Todd Akin||Claire McCaskill||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(August 23, 2012)
(August 9-August 12, 2012)
(July 30, 2012)
(July 23-July 25, 2012)
|Public Policy Polling|
(May 24-May 27, 2012)
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Todd Akin(2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$1,158,197.04||$416,580.75||$(174,137.84)||$1,400,639.95|
2010U.S. House for a sixth term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $767,798 and spent $825,668.
|U.S. House, Missouri, 2010 - Todd Akin Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$50,504|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$49,234|
|Top contributors to Todd Akin's campaign committee|
|Washington University In St Louis||$17,500|
|American Crystal Sugar||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Misc Manufacturing & Distributing||$38,200|
Congressional Staff Salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Akin paid his congressional staff a total of $927,567 in 2011. Overall, Missouri ranks 21st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Akin's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $31,017 to $290,000. Averaging out to a net worth of $160,508.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.
Percentage voting with party
Todd Akin voted with the Republican Party 95.4% of the time, which ranked 18th among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.
- Social media:
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- AP Results "Missouri U.S. Senate Results" Accessed August 7, 2012
- Gov Track "Akin" Accessed May 25, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "AKIN, W. Todd, (1947 - )"
- Congressman Todd Akin, Missouri's 2nd District, Timeless Principle's For Today's Challenges "Biography"
- Congressman Todd Akin, Missouri's 2nd District, Timeless Principle's For Today's Challenges "Committees"
- Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
- Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
- The Hill "Rep. Akin sets up a Republican primary fight in Missouri's Senate race" Accessed January 13, 2012
- AP Results "Missouri U.S. Senate Results" Accessed August 7, 2012
- The Daily, "The worst candidates of 2012," October 29, 2012
- Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
- Missouri Secretary of State "Election Night Reporting" Accessed October 11, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Todd Akin for U.S. Senate "Akin on the Issues" April 21, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Todd Akin's Summary Report," Accessed July 17, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Todd Akin April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
- Open Secrets "Todd Akin 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 6, 2011
- LegiStorm, "Todd Akin," Accessed October 8, 2012
- [hhttp://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00009677&year=2010 OpenSecrets.org, "Todd Akin (R-MO), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012]
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
|U.S. House of Representatives - Missouri District 2
| Succeeded by|
|Missouri House of Representatives - District 86
| Succeeded by|
|Missouri House of Representatives - District 85
| Succeeded by|