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Donald Manzullo

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1993
Preceded by John Cox, Jr.

Born March 24, 1944 (1944-03-24) (age 65)
Rockford, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Freda Teslik Manzullo
Residence Egan, Illinois
Alma mater American University, Marquette University Law School
Occupation Congressman
Religion Baptist
Manzullo testifies in front of a Transportation Committee subcommittee, advocating for increased use of the regional airport in Rockford as a way to decrease crowding at Chicago's other airports.

Donald A. Manzullo (born March 24, 1944), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing Illinois's 16th congressional district (map). The district is based in Rockford and includes a large swath of northern Illinois.

Manzullo was born in Rockford, Illinois and attended Auburn High School. He was educated at American University in Washington, D.C., from which he received a bachelor's degree, and Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from which he earned a law degree. Manzullo practiced as an attorney before entering politics and defeating 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. He even ran unopposed in 1998. He 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.

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 2006 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 recently authored a law that requires clinics to report instances of child abuse.

In 2006, he defeated Galena, Illinois Democratic mayor, Richard D. Auman, by a margin of 66%-33%.

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.[1] He is also a strong supporter of the American Land Rights Association.[2]


Latest news

In November 2009, Manzullo was criticized by some constituents for calling the Muslim religion 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.”[3]

Congressional Works

Since being elected to office, Representative Manzullo has been working avidly to ensure "the safety of the American people".[4] He has consistently supported the interests of the American Security Council Foundation and the Center for Security Politics.[5] 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 Illinios for detainment.[6][7] 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.[8][9]

Campaign Financing

To fund his campaigns for re-election, Manzullo receives financing from a nuumber of contributors, foremost among them Honeywell International, which donated $10,000 towards his last election.[10] 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.[11]. 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.[12][13]

Committee assignments


Party leadership and Caucus membership

  • Founder and Co-chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus
  • National Innovation Initiative
    • Council on Competitiveness’ Steering Committee
  • House Republican Policy Committee Task Force on Manufacturing (Chairman)

Electoral history

2000, Illinois' 16th congressional district election results
Candidates Party Votes %
  Charles Hendrickson Democratic Party 88,781 33%
  Don Manzullo Republican Party 178,174 67%
2002, Illinois' 16th congressional district election results
Candidates Party Votes %
  John Kutsch Democratic Party 55,487 29%
  Don Manzullo Republican Party 133,339 71%
2004, Illinois' 16th congressional district election results
Candidates Party Votes %
  John Kutsch Democratic Party 90,266 30.9%
  Don Manzullo Republican Party 201,976 69.1%
2006, Illinois' 16th congressional district election results
Candidates Party Votes %
  Richard D. Auman Democratic Party 61,105 33%
  Don Manzullo Republican Party 121,331 66%

See also


External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John W. Cox, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th congressional district

1993 – present
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Talent
Chairman of House Small Business Committee
Succeeded by
Nydia Velázquez
New York


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