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Todd Akin represents the Second Congressional district of Missouri.

William Todd Akin has served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the Second Congressional District of Missouri, since 2001. (map)

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Todd Akin voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Akin voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Same sex marriage

Akin opposes same-sex marriage and called the 2004 decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Court an act of "judicial activism [that is] undermining the sanctity of marriage " and argued that a state-based law "seeks to usurp the legislative authority of elected representatives" and called for a U.S. constitutional amendment. [1] A month later, apparently rethinking his position on federalism, he supported a state-level ban on same-sex marriage in Missouri. [2]

National security and foreign policy

During the debate in mid-February 2007 of a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush's troop "surge" in Iraq, Rep. Akin, who opposed the measure, discussed Davy Crockett during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. He brought up a hypothetical scenario by which Crockett was struggling in battle and received a message on his Blackberry from Congress saying "we support you", but would not be sending any reinforcements. He continued, "I'm sure that would be really impressive to Davy Crockett."

Main article: Congressional actions regarding President Bush’s 2007 proposed troop “surge” in Iraq

Bio

Background

Todd Akin was born July 5, 1947, in New York City. He is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he earned a B.S. in Management Engineering. After graduation, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army with the Army Combat Engineers at Fort Belvoir in Alexandria, Virginia. He received an honorable discharge from the Army Reserves in 1980. Upon completing his active duty in the Army, Todd spent four years with IBM and later moved into corporate management at Laclede Steel.

Akin was appointed by Governor Ashcroft to the Bicentennial Commission of the U.S. Constitution in 1987. In 1988, Akin ran and won a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. He served twelve years as a Republican State Representative and the ranking Republican on the powerful Ways and Means Committee. While serving in the Missouri House, Todd drafted legislation on Roth IRAs and a tax limitation amendment currently in the Missouri Constitution. He also took a leading role in opposing gambling, resulting in more rigorous enforcement of gambling laws and regulations.

Congressional Career

According to an USA TODAY.com profile, "Akin strongly opposes abortion, same-sex marriage and gun control. He has urged the Bush administration not to tighten ozone standards for the St. Louis area and urged the Navy not to cut back its production of Super Hornet aircraft at Boeing's local plant." The profile reports that "The American Conservative Union gave his 2003 legislative record an 88 out of 100 points. The liberal Americans for Democratic Action gave him 5 percent." [3]

In the 107th Congress, Akin was joined by U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) in offering the Clean Coal Initiative amendment to the Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) Act. The Amendment authorized an extensive program for clean coal research and development at the Department of Energy and included provisions for public-private partnerships to upgrade existing coal-fired power plants in accordance with current clean coal technology.

In 2004, Akin sponsored leglislation to prevent judicial review in cases involving the Pledge of Allegiance.[4]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated George D. Weber to face Akin in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [5] Akin retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Akin is active in the Boy Scouts for America
  • A former board member of Missouri Right to Life
  • Board member of the Mission Gate Prison Ministry[6]

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Todd Akin. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
117 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-2502
Phone: 202-225-2561
Fax: 202-225-2563
Email: rep.akin AT mail.house.gov
Website

District Office- Saint Charles:
Post Office Box 519
820 South Main Street, Suite 206
Saint Charles, MO 63302
Phone: 636-949-6826
Fax: 636-949-3832

District Office- Saint Louis:
301 Sovereign Court, Suite 201
Saint Louis, MO 63011
Phone: 314-590-0029
TollFree: 1-866-236-3392
Fax: 314-590-0037

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

External resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Science and Technology, House Committee on Science and Technology/Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, House Committee on Small Business, House Committee on Small Business/Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2000
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January 3, 2001
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November 2, 2010
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1. 820 South Main Street, Suite 206, Saint Charles, MO 63302
Phone: 636-949-6826 / Fax: 636-949-3832
2. 301 Sovereign Court, Suite 201, Saint Louis, MO 63011
Phone: 314-590-0029 / Fax: 314-590-0037




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Date of Birth: July 5, 1947