The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 5, 2012

U.S. Senate incumbent McCaskill faces challenger Akin

By Emily Younker
eyounker@joplinglobe.com

NEOSHO, Mo. — Incumbent Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, faces a challenge Tuesday from Republican Todd Akin in a hotly contested race for her seat in the U.S. Senate.

Also on the ballot will be Libertarian Jonathan Dine.

• McCaskill, 59, of St. Louis, has a law degree from the University of Missouri. She served as a state representative from 1983 to 1988 and, in 1992, was elected the prosecuting attorney of Jackson County.

She was elected the Missouri state auditor in 1999 and has served in the U.S. Senate since 2006. She sits on the Armed Services, Commerce, Aging, and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees.

• Akin, 65, of Wildwood, holds a degree in management engineering from Worcester (Mass.) Polytechnic Institute.

He served 12 years as a state representative for the 86th District. Since 2000, he has represented Missouri’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is currently the chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces.

He previously worked as an engineer for IBM and in management at Laclede Steel Co. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserves in 1980.

• Dine, the Libertarian candidate from Riverside, could not be reached.