Don Manzullo

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Don Manzullo
Don Manzullo Official Portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by John Cox, Jr.
Succeeded by Adam Kinzinger
Personal details
Born (1944-03-24) March 24, 1944 (age 70)
Rockford, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Freda Teslik Manzullo
Residence Leaf River, 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. "Don" Manzullo (born March 24, 1944) was the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 16th congressional district, from 1993 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party. From January 2011 to January 2013, he served as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He was defeated in the 2012 Republican Primary on March 20, 2012.[1]

Early life, education, and law career[edit]

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[edit]

Elections[edit]

1990

Incumbent Republican U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Morley Martin, of Illinois' 16th congressional district, decided to retire in order to run for the U.S. Senate. Manzullo ran for the seat, but lost in the Republican primary against State Representative John Hallock, Jr. 54%-46%.[2] In the general election, Hallock was defeated by Democrat John W. Cox, a city attorney.

1992

Manzullo ran for the 16th district again in 1992. He won the Republican primary defeating State Senator Jack Schaffer 56%-44%.[3] In the general election, he defeated the incumbent 56%-44%.[4]

1994–2006

During this time period, he was never challenged in the Republican primary. He won re-election every two years with at least 60% of the vote, and was completely unopposed in 1998.[5]

2008

He defeated Democrat Bob Abboud, the Mayor of Barrington Hills, 61%-36%.[6]

2010

He defeated Democrat George Gaulrapp, the Mayor of Freeport, 65%-31%.[7]

2012

Illinois' congressional map was significantly altered after the 2010 census. Manzullo's district was significantly altered. While it retained his home in Ogle County, it lost most of its western portion to the 17th district. This included more than half of Rockford, which had anchored the district and its predecessors for a century and a half. The 16th was pushed well to the east, and now stretched from the Wisconsin border to the Indiana border, essentially wrapping around the collar counties. The new map placed him in the same district as the one-term incumbent of the old 11th district, fellow Republican Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger defeated Manzullo in the Republican primary 56%-44%.[8]

Tenure[edit]

Manzullo had a very conservative voting record; indeed, for much of his tenure he was one of the most (if not the most) conservative members of the Illinois delegation. He has a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 96, the highest in the Illinois delegation. He was 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.[9] He is also a strong supporter of the American Land Rights Association.[10]

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.[citation needed] 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.”[11]

During his time in Congress, Manzullo worked avidly to ensure "the safety of the American people".[12] He consistently supported the interests of the American Security Council Foundation and the Center for Security Politics.[13] At one point, Manzullo worked 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.[12][14] He instead advocated for the creation of a new federal prison, the Thomson Correctional Facility, as a new hub in the already vastly over capacity prison system.[12][15]

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.[16]

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.[17] 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.[17] 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.[17][18]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • 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

Electoral history[edit]

2000, Illinois' 16th congressional district election results
Candidates Party Votes %
  Charles Hendrickson Democratic Party 88,781 33%
  Don Manzullo Republican Party 178,174 67%
Sources:[19][20]
2002, Illinois's 16th congressional district election results
Candidates Party Votes %
  John Kutsch Democratic Party 55,487 29%
  Don Manzullo Republican Party 133,339 71%
Source:[21]
2004, Illinois's 16th congressional district election results
Candidates Party Votes %
  John Kutsch Democratic Party 90,266 30.9%
  Don Manzullo Republican Party 201,976 69.1%
Source:[22]
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%
Source:[23]
2008, Illinois' 16th congressional district election results
Candidates Party Votes %
  Robert Abboud Democratic Party 112,287 36.1%
  Don Manzullo Republican Party 189,511 60.9%
Source:[24]
2010, Illinois' 16th congressional district election results
Candidates Party Votes %
  George Gaulrapp Democratic Party 65,935 31.0%
  Don Manzullo Republican Party 138100 65.0%
Source:[25]

Personal life[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adam Kinzinger topples Don Manzullo in Illinois
  2. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=375124
  3. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=209279
  4. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=27852
  5. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html?CandidateID=1106
  6. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=380773
  7. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=489040
  8. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=734301
  9. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Representative Donald A. 'Don' Manzullo - Interest Group Ratings". Votesmart.org. 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  10. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Representative Donald A. 'Don' Manzullo - Interest Group Ratings". Votesmart.org. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  11. ^ Chicago Tribune, Illinois lawmaker apologizes for savage religion comment, November 17, 2009
  12. ^ a b c "Manzullo to President Obama: Open Federal Prison in Northwest Illinois Without Terrorists | Representative Don Manzullo". Manzullo.house.gov. 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  13. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Representative Donald A. 'Don' Manzullo - Interest Group Ratings". Votesmart.org. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  14. ^ "Photos: Thomson Correctional Center". chicagotribune.com. 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  15. ^ "Illinois Department of Corrections - Correctional Facilities". Idoc.state.il.us. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  16. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/26/3228286.htm
  17. ^ a b c "Don Manzullo: Campaign Finance/Money - Summary - Congressman 2010". OpenSecrets. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  18. ^ "NEWSMEAT ▷ Campaign contributors to Donald A. Manzullo for Congress". Newsmeat.com. 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  19. ^ CNN race results
  20. ^ CNN race result breakdown by county
  21. ^ CNN race results
  22. ^ USA Today race results
  23. ^ CNN.com Elections 2006: State Races - Illinois
  24. ^ USA Today. 2008-11-10 http://content.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/SenateHouseResultsByState.aspx?sp=IL&rti=G&cn=1 |url= missing title (help). 
  25. ^ CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/election2010/state.shtml?state=IL&tag=contentMain;contentBody |url= missing title (help). 

External links[edit]

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

1993–2013
Succeeded by
Adam Kinzinger
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Chairman of House Small Business Committee
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New York
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