U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis) announces he will challange Sen. Claire McCakill for her seat in 2012, while children Hannah, Abilgail and Wynn and wife Lulli, stand near in Creve Coeur. (Photo courtesy UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis) is giving up his seat in the U. S. House to run for the United States Senate.  

He has announced he’ll run against Senator Claire McCaskill (D-St. Louis) in 2012.

Akin has represented the second congressional district of eastern Missouri  since 2001.  He says he’s running because of the nation’s financial crisis. Akin says his record sharply contrasts with incumbent McCaskill’s record in support of Obama administration over-spending efforts.

He thinks it will take $15 million to $20 million to run an effective campaign.

Before Akin can run against McCaskill, he will have to defeat former state treasurer Sarah Steelman, who lost a primary race for governor in 2008. Steelman has indicated she plans to portray Akin as a Washington insider who is part of the financial problems of the nation.

The following is a statement released today by Todd Akin:

“I thank all of the residents of Missouri’s Second Congressional district who have over the years entrusted me with the responsibility of being their voice in Washington. I have always fought for the right to grow a business and raise a family without Washington politicians over-regulating and dictating how they think lives and businesses ought be run.

“Over the years, the common sense and sometimes uncommon wisdom of those I have represented has not only guided but also encouraged me as I have fought against the government takeover of our health care and many other aspects of our lives and businesses. The support I have been given during the last ten years is humbling.

“I am today announcing my candidacy for the United States Senate because of my deep concern about the condition of our economy, the debt, and excessive federal spending. I am deeply grateful for the support and encouragement I have received from fellow Missourians who share my convictions.”