Donald A. Manzullo
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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th district
January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||John Cox, Jr.|
|Born||March 24, 1944
|Spouse(s)||Freda Teslik Manzullo|
|Alma mater||American University, Marquette University Law School|
Donald A. Manzullo (born March 24, 1944) is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 16th congressional district. Since January 2011, he has served as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is a member of the Republican Party and was first elected in 1992.
The 16th district includes a large swath of northern Illinois. From north to south, the district roughly stretches from the Wisconsin border to Interstate 88. From west to east, the district covers the land between the Iowa border and the western reaches of the Chicago suburbs.
Early life, education and career
Don Manzullo was born in Rockford, Illinois and attended Auburn High School. He earned a bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Manzullo practiced as an attorney in Oregon, Illinois before entering politics.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
Party leadership and caucus memberships
- African and Investment Caucus
- Congressional Wine Caucus
- House Diabetes Caucus
- House Manufacturing Caucus (Founder and Co-Chair)
- House Republican Policy Committee Task Force on Manufacturing (Chairman)
- International Conservation Caucus
- National Innovation Initiative
- Council on Competitiveness Steering Committee
Manzullo has a very conservative voting record. He has a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 96, the highest in the Illinois delegation. He is a member of the Republican Study Committee. His views on such issues as abortion also follow this trend; he has a 100% approval rating from the National Right to Life Committee since 1997. He is also a strong supporter of the American Land Rights Association.
Manzullo has worked on issues related to the manufacturing sector since his first election to Congress. He was featured on the cover of The Manufacturer because of his work with small business-related policy. From 2001 to 2007 he oversaw the Committee on Small Business as chairman. He held over sixty hearings during this time to investigate the phenomenon of corporate outsourcing. Manzullo has also worked on transportation issues. His ability to gain great funding for highway improvements within his district has given him somewhat of a reputation as a pork barreller. He authored a law that requires clinics to report instances of child abuse.
In November 2009, Manzullo was criticized by some constituents for calling [Islam] a “savage religion.” He was referring to the religion of the detainees at the Guantanamo, Cuba prison that are being considered for transfer to a Thomson, Illinois prison located in his district. He later apologized for the comment, saying that he was not referring generally to Islam, but to terrorists who "believe and practice a violent, anti-modernity version of Wahhabism in which they seek to impose a new caliphate.”
Since being elected to office, Representative Manzullo has been working avidly to ensure "the safety of the American people". He has consistently supported the interests of the American Security Council Foundation and the Center for Security Politics. He is currently working on an appeal to President Barack Obama to forgo his plan to move over 200 Taliban and al Qaeda terrorist suspects from Guantanamo Bay to northern Illinois for detainment. He is instead advocating for the creation of a new federal prison, the Thomson Correctional Facility, as a new hub in the already vastly over capacity prison system.
Manzullo has offered support to British American Tobacco in its campaign against the Australian government's decision to compel tobacco companies to only offer their products in plain packaging in an effort to reduce smoking rates, particularly amongst young people.
Manzullo defeated one-term Democrat John W. Cox in 1992 by an 11-point margin. He has been reelected seven more times, never falling below 55 percent of the vote. In 1998 he ran unopposed. In 2010, his Democratic opponent was Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp; the Green Party nominated Terry Campbell.
To fund his campaigns for re-election, Manzullo receives financing from a number of contributors, foremost among them Honeywell International, which donated $10,000 towards his last election. He has also received amounts of $5,000 or more from New York Life Insurance, American Society of Anesthesiologists, AFLAC Incorporated, and the American Bankers Association. In total, 58% of his funds were drawn from private sources, and 40% from PAC contributions; none of his own money is used to finance his campaigns.
The new congressional map for Illinois placed Manzullo within a newly drawn and unrecognizable 16th district. While his home in Ogle County is within the 16th, the bulk of the 16th district, from Rockford to Jo Daviess County, has been placed in the 17th district. The new 16th district stretches from the Wisconsin border to the Indiana border, essentially wrapping around the collar counties. It also places Manzullo in the same district as Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger, thus setting up a primary battle between the two incumbents.
|Charles Hendrickson||Democratic Party||88,781||33%|
|Don Manzullo||Republican Party||178,174||67%|
|John Kutsch||Democratic Party||55,487||29%|
|Don Manzullo||Republican Party||133,339||71%|
|John Kutsch||Democratic Party||90,266||30.9%|
|Don Manzullo||Republican Party||201,976||69.1%|
|Richard D. Auman||Democratic Party||61,105||33%|
|Don Manzullo||Republican Party||121,331||66%|
Manzullo is married to the former Freda Teslik and is the father of Neil, Noel and Katie Manzullo. He lives in Egan, a small, rural community near Rockford.
- ^ "Project Vote Smart - Representative Donald A. 'Don' Manzullo - Interest Group Ratings". Votesmart.org. 2010-05-14. http://www.votesmart.org/issue_rating_category.php?can_id=26843. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- ^ "Project Vote Smart - Representative Donald A. 'Don' Manzullo - Interest Group Ratings". Votesmart.org. http://www.votesmart.org/issue_rating_category.php?category=30&go.x=16&go.y=18&can_id=26843&type=category. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- ^ Chicago Tribune, Illinois lawmaker apologizes for savage religion comment, November 17, 2009
- ^ a b c "Manzullo to President Obama: Open Federal Prison in Northwest Illinois Without Terrorists | Representative Don Manzullo". Manzullo.house.gov. 2009-11-16. http://manzullo.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=155324. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
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- ^ "Photos: Thomson Correctional Center". chicagotribune.com. 2009-11-14. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-091115-guantanamo-terror-illinois-pictures,0,3130130.photogallery. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- ^ "Illinois Department of Corrections - Correctional Facilities". Idoc.state.il.us. http://www.idoc.state.il.us/subsections/facilities/information.asp?instchoice=tom. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/26/3228286.htm
- ^ a b c "Don Manzullo: Campaign Finance/Money - Summary - Congressman 2010". OpenSecrets. http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=n00004905. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- ^ "NEWSMEAT ▷ Campaign contributors to Donald A. Manzullo for Congress". Newsmeat.com. 2010-08-05. http://www.newsmeat.com/campaign_contributions_to_politicians/donor_list.php?candidate_id=H0IL16085. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- ^ CNN race results
- ^ CNN race result breakdown by county
- ^ CNN race results
- ^ USA Today race results
- ^ CNN.com Elections 2006: State Races - Illinois
- U.S. Congressman Don Manzullo official U.S. House site
- Don Manzullo for U.S. Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Current Bills Sponsored at StateSurge.com
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance at LegiStorm.com
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Profile at SourceWatch
|United States House of Representatives|
John W. Cox, Jr.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th congressional district
|Chairman of House Small Business Committee
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