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Don Manzullo
Former U.S. Representative for Illinois's 16th congressional district, from 1993 to 2013.


Don Manzullo Biography

ENG: 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. Since January 2011, he has 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.


Early life, education, and law 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 - Elections - 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%. In the general election, Hallock was defeated by Democrat John W. Cox, a city attorney.



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



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.



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



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



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. As a result of the redistricting, Manzullo faced a Republican primary contest against U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger, one-term incumbent of Illinois's 11th congressional district. Kinzinger, a 34-year-old Freshman, defeated Manzullo 56%-44%.


Personal life

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.





January 30, 2013

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