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W. Todd Akin was born in 1947. Not long thereafter, his family moved to the St. Louis area. Todd earned his BS in Engineering at WPI in Worchester, MA. Upon graduation, Todd served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was discharged honorably. He joined IBM in the Boston area where he met his wife Lulli. They were married June 21, 1975. Todd and Lulli later moved back to St. Louis where he went to work for Laclede Steel.
An avid student of the U.S. Constitution, Todd was appointed in 1987 by then-Governor Ashcroft to the Bicentennial Commission of the U.S. Constitution to promote constitutional education and awareness. Carrying on the traditions of our Founding Fathers, Todd continues to write, lecture and teach on the principles of America’s Founding.
After completing his graduate degree, Todd was elected in 1988 to the Missouri House of Representatives. There he played a leading role in passing a Constitutional Amendment that requires major tax increases to go to a public vote. He also was a leading opponent to the expansion of gambling and was the senior Republican on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
In 2000, Todd won his US Congressional Primary by only 56 votes but went on to win the General Election by 56%. Elected Vice President of his freshman class, he has served Missouri’s 2nd District since 2001, with increasing effectiveness and committee responsibilities. In 2004, he was re-elected with 65% of the vote – the highest percentage of any Republican running in the 2nd district to date.
Todd serves on three committees:
Todd and Lulli have 6 children, Wynn, Perry, Micah, Ezra, Hannah and Abigail. Perry, married with one son, serves as aMarine Combat Engineer Lieutenant. Micah and Ezra are both at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Todd and Lulli celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2005.
For many years, Todd taught the Boy Scout “Citizenship” merit badges as all four boys earned their Eagle Scout awards. Now, Todd is co-Chairman of the U.S. Congress Boy Scout Caucus. Todd has also served in leadership with his church and on the board of Mission Gate Prison Ministry.