- Office Held: U.S. Congress, 2nd district, 2002-present
- Party: Republican
- Home City & County: Town and Country, St. Louis County
- Education: John Burroughs School; Worcester Polytechnic Institute (B.S. in management engineering); Covenant Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity)
- Previous Elected Office: Missouri House, 1988-2000
- Military: U.S. Army National Guard, rank of lieutenant (1971-1980)
- Birth Date & Place: July 5, 1947 in New York City.
- Family: Wife, Lulli; six children; 3 grandchildren
- Religion: Presbyterian
- Occupation: Engineer
- Work Experience: IBM; Laclede Steel
- Organizations: Mission Gate Prison Ministry; Boy scouts, Missouri Right to Life
- Percentage in 2008 Election: 62% against major opponent Bill Haas.
In 2002, Akin won his first congressional primary by 77 votes, defeating St. Louis County Executive Gene McNary and state senator Franc Flotron and then defeating Democratic state senator Ted House in the general election.
Akin is considered one of the most conservative members of the Republican caucus.