Todd Akin

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W. Todd Akin
W. Todd Akin.jpg
U.S. House, Missouri, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2001-January 3, 2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Missouri House of Representatives from the 86th district
1993–2001
Missouri House of Representatives from the 85th district
1989–1993
Education
Bachelor'sWorcester Polytechnic Institute
Master'sCovenant Theological Seminary
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1972-1980
Personal
BirthdayJuly 5, 1947
Place of birthNew York City, New York
ProfessionEngineer, plant manager
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Campaign website
W. Todd Akin campaign logo
William Todd Akin (b. July 5, 1947) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Missouri. Akin served Missouri's 2nd congressional district from 2001 to 2013.

In 2012, Akin ran for U.S. Senate. He won the Republican nomination in the primary,[1] but lost in the general election.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Akin was a "far-right Republican".[3]

Biography

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.[4]

Career

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.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Akin served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Earmarks

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.[7] 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.[8]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Akin voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Missouri, 2012

Akin sought election to the U.S. Senate.[10] He defeated John Brunner, Sarah Steelman, Mark Lodes, Jerry Beck, Mark Memoly, Robert Poole, and Hector Maldonado in the August 7, 2012 Republican primary.[11] In the November 6, 2012, general election, he faced incumbent Claire McCaskill and Libertarian Party candidate Jonathan Dine. McCaskill won.[2]

An October 2012 article in The Daily named Akin one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.[12]

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.[13] The seat, rated a toss-up, was one that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believed was 3rd most likely to end up Republican. The article notes incumbent freshman senator Claire McCaskill (D) is vulnerable in the Republican leaning state.[13]

U.S. Senate, Missouri, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngClaire McCaskill Incumbent 54.8% 1,494,125
     Republican Todd Akin 39.1% 1,066,159
     Libertarian Jonathan Dine 6.1% 165,468
     Write-in Ted Kimzey 0% 15
     Write-in Bernard J. "Spark" Duraski, Jr. 0% 9
     Write-in William Dean 0% 6
     Write-in Bernie Mowinksi 0% 5
     Write-in Charlie L. Bailey 0% 4
     Write-in Arnie C. "AC" Dienoff 0% 2
Total Votes 2,725,793
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Primary Results

The primary took place on August 7, 2012.[14]

US Senate - Missouri Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Akin 36% 217,468
John G. Brunner 30% 180,821
Sarah Steelman 29.2% 176,189
Jerry Beck 1.6% 9,791
Hector Maldonado 1.2% 7,412
Robert (Bob) Poole 1% 6,097
Mark Memoly 0.5% 3,200
Mark Patrick Lodes 0.4% 2,282
Total Votes 603,260

2010

On November 2, 2010, Akin was re-elected to the United States House for a sixth term. He defeated Arthur Lieber (D), Steve Mosbacher (Libertarian), and Patrick M. Cannon (Write-in).[15]

United States House, Missouri General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Akin Incumbent 67.9% 180,481
     Democratic Arthur Lieber 29.2% 77,467
     Libertarian Steve Mosbacher 2.9% 7,677
     Write-in Patrick M. Cannon 0% 7
Total Votes 265,632

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

On his campaign website, Akin lists seven issues. They are:[16]

  • 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."
  • Education
  • 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."
  • Energy
  • 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."
  • Jobs
  • 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."
  • Values
  • 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."
  • Spending
  • 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." [16]

Polls

2012

Todd Akin vs. Claire McCaskill
Poll Todd Akin Claire McCaskillMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
(August 23, 2012)
38%48%+/-4.5500
Survey USA
(August 9-August 12, 2012)
51%40%+/-4.1585
Rasmussen Reports
(July 30, 2012)
47%44%+/-4.5500
Post-Dispatch/Mason-Dixon
(July 23-July 25, 2012)
49%44%+/-5625
Public Policy Polling
(May 24-May 27, 2012)
45%44%+/-4602
AVERAGES 46% 44% +/-4.42 562.4
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 editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors

2012

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Akin's reports.[17]

Todd Akin(2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]March 31, 2012$1,158,197.04$416,580.75$(174,137.84)$1,400,639.95
Running totals
$416,580.75$(174,137.84)

2010

Breakdown of the source of Akin's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Akin was re-elected to the U.S. House for a sixth term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $767,798 and spent $825,668.[19]

Analysis

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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 ranked 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.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[21]

Political Analysis

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Akin was ranked the most conservative representative during 2012. [22]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Todd Akin was ranked the 116th most conservative representative during 2011.[23]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

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.[24]

Personal

External links

References

  1. AP Results "Missouri U.S. Senate Results" Accessed August 7, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 CNN "Missouri Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
  3. Gov Track "Akin" Accessed May 25, 2012
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "AKIN, W. Todd, (1947 - )"
  5. Congressman Todd Akin, Missouri's 2nd District, Timeless Principle's For Today's Challenges "Biography"
  6. Congressman Todd Akin, Missouri's 2nd District, Timeless Principle's For Today's Challenges "Committees"
  7. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  8. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. The Hill "Rep. Akin sets up a Republican primary fight in Missouri's Senate race" Accessed January 13, 2012
  11. AP Results "Missouri U.S. Senate Results" Accessed August 7, 2012
  12. The Daily, "The worst candidates of 2012," October 29, 2012
  13. 13.0 13.1 Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  14. Missouri Secretary of State "Election Night Reporting" Accessed October 11, 2012
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  16. 16.0 16.1 Todd Akin for U.S. Senate "Akin on the Issues" April 21, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission "Todd Akin's Summary Report," Accessed July 17, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission "Todd Akin April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
  19. Open Secrets "Todd Akin 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 6, 2011
  20. LegiStorm, "Todd Akin," Accessed October 8, 2012
  21. [hhttp://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00009677&year=2010 OpenSecrets.org, "Todd Akin (R-MO), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012]
  22. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Talent
U.S. House of Representatives - Missouri District 2
2001-2013
Succeeded by
Ann Wagner
Preceded by
John Hancock
Missouri House of Representatives - District 86
1993–2001
Succeeded by
Jane Cunningham
Preceded by
Franc Flotron
Missouri House of Representatives - District 85
1989–1993
Succeeded by
Chris Liese