W. Todd Akin (born July 5, 1947), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 2001, representing the Second Congressional District of Missouri (map).
Born in New York City, he attended the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and served in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers. Akin was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives representing the Town and Country area in 1988. He was re-elected five times. In 2000, US Representative Jim Talent did not seek re-election because he was running for Governor of Missouri. Akin won a closely contested Republican primary election to replace Talent, defeating former St. Louis County Executive Gene McNary and Missouri State Senator Franc Flotron . He defeated Missouri Senator Ted House in the general election, winning 55f the vote.
He is currently a member of the Armed Services Committee, Science Committee, and Small Business Committee, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and Oversight.