Todd Akin

Todd Akin

American politician
Date of Birth: 05.07.1947
Country: USA

Biography of Todd Akin

Todd Akin is an American politician and a member of the House of Representatives from Missouri's second district. He gained notoriety for his controversial statement during one of his speeches, claiming that victims of so-called "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant.

Todd Akin

Born in New York City, New York, Akin was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in engineering. After college, Akin served in the U.S. Army as part of the engineering corps. He remained in the Army Reserve until 1980.

Todd Akin

Following his military service, Akin worked for IBM selling computer systems before returning to his family business, Laclede Steel Corporation, where his father was the director. In 1984, Akin earned a master's degree from Covenant Theological Seminary, studying Greek, Hebrew, and conservative interpretations of Christian writings. Instead of becoming a priest, he chose to serve in public office.

Todd Akin

In November 1988, Akin was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives from the 85th district. He successfully won re-election in 1990, receiving 59% of the vote. Akin represented the 86th district until 2000. During his time in the House of Representatives, he advocated for homeschooling, concealed carry permits, and opposed tax increases, such as the 1993 proposal to increase taxes for education funding.

Todd Akin

From 2001, Akin represented Missouri's second district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He narrowly won the party primary, defeating two more prominent candidates. In the general election, he secured 55% of the vote against Democratic representative Ted House. Akin was re-elected five times, often with a significant margin of victory.

During his tenure in the House, Akin became known for his staunchly pro-life stance, opposing abortions in all circumstances, including those resulting from medical reasons or rape. He also advocated for gun rights and expressed his opposition to online poker.

Akin dedicated considerable time to addressing the needs of veterans and military personnel. He served on various committees related to the U.S. Army's activities. In May 2011, Akin announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, challenging Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. On August 7, Akin won the party primary, surpassing businessman John Brunner, writer and manager Mark Memoly, and former Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman.

On August 19, 2012, Akin made headlines for his comments on abortion during an interview with KTVI-TV. His statement that women rarely get pregnant from rape due to the body's ability to "shut that whole thing down" generated significant controversy. Medical experts unanimously refuted Akin's claim, stating that rape can result in pregnancy at similar rates to consensual sexual activity. Politically, the statement proved detrimental to Akin's campaign. Democrats accused him of promoting gender discrimination, and many Republicans distanced themselves from his remarks. John Cornyn, a Republican senator, announced that the party no longer supported Akin's candidacy, citing its potential impact on the party's chances of gaining a Senate majority. Akin quickly clarified that his comments were a misstatement and did not reflect his views on violence victims.

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