Todd Akin

Age: 65
Party: Republican
Career Highlights: Missouri’s U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District (2001-present); State Representative (1993-2001); former IBM engineer; former manager at Laclede Steel Company
Education: B.S. in management engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary
Twitter: @toddakin
Did You Know? Rather than live in Washington, D.C. during session, Akin commutes weekly between St. Louis and the capitol.
Hair: Receeding with a neat part
Criticism: He’s suffering from a bad case of “foot-in-mouth” after his comments about rape. Will he recover?
Polling: McCaskill 48.0, Akin 42.7 (Real Clear Politics average, 8/22 to 9/11)
Fundraising Total: $2,229,189 (FEC, as of 7/18/12)
Cash on Hand: $531,559

Three Great Stories About Akin:
1. “A Politician Whose Faith Is Central to His Persistence” by John Eligon (The New York Times, August 21, 2012)

2. “The Danger of Laughing at Todd Akin” by Ilyse Hogue (The Nation, August 20, 2012)

3. “Think Again: Be Still My Akin Heart: The Strangeness of American politics on display in St. Louis” by Ray Hartmann (St. Louis Magazine, May 2010)

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I endorse Todd Akin for U.S. Senate:

Check out his opponent, Claire McCaskill.

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