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Donald A. Manzullo
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U.S. House, Illinois, District 16
Former member
In office
January 3, 1993-2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Term limitsN/A
High schoolAuburn High School
Bachelor'sAmerican University
J.D.Marquette University Law School
Date of birthMarch 24, 1944
Place of birthRockford, Illinois
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Campaign website
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Donald A. Manzullo (b. March 24, 1944) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Manzullo was first elected in 1992 by voters from Illinois' 16th Congressional District.

Manzullo ran for re-election in 2012. He was defeated by freshman Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois' 11th Congressional District in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[1] Kinzinger was moved into the 16th District during the 2011 redistricting process.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Manzullo was a "far-right Republican."[2]


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Manzullo was born in Rockford, Illinois, on March 24, 1944. In 1962, he graduated from Auburn High School in Rockford and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree at American University (1967) and his Juris Doctor at Marquette University (1970).[3]

Before his election to the House of Representatives, Manzullo was a family law attorney in a private practice.


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Manzullo served on the following committees:[4]


Campaign themes


Manzullo believes improving the manufacturing sector is the key to reinvigorating the nation's economy and has developed a detailed 10-point American Jobs Agenda that is "focused on creating economic opportunities to put the people or northern Illinois and the rest of American back to work."

  1. Reform the tax code to help U.S. companies create jobs, put Americans back to work.
  2. Level the playing field for American companies doing business in the global marketplace while reforming our export control policies to help U.S. companies sell more goods overseas, create American jobs.
  3. Review and eliminate burdensome and unnecessary government regulations that stifle economic growth and cost American jobs.
  4. Continue to educate fellow Members of Congress on the importance of American manufacturing to our economy through the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus Rep. Manzullo co-founded with Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in 2003.
  5. Reform our government procurement policies and require federal agencies to follow "Buy American" laws to ensure our government is doing business with companies in the United States.
  6. Make health care more affordable and accessible to Americans without a government takeover that would cost millions of jobs, reduce quality and choice, and increase our debt for generations to come.
  7. Enact an “all you can create” energy plan that promotes innovation, conservation, and responsible production of energy as a way to achieve America’s energy independence and a cleaner, healthier planet because every one cent increase in the price of gasoline removes $1 billion from the U.S. economy.
  8. Get basic infrastructure projects rolling, away from Washington in-fighting.
  9. Consolidate and streamline America’s job training programs to eliminate overhead and deliver more services to those seeking to upgrade their skills in their job search, with a particular focus on helping post- 9/11 veterans find employment.
  10. Secure America’s borders, create mandatory work authorization verification, and reduce illegal immigration through interior enforcement.

Manzullo supports the Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He has introduced legislation requiring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to "pay back what the owe the taxpayer" and to "cut spending on an unnecessary foreign aid program." He advocates making the 2001/2003 tax relief permanent in order to stabilize the tax burden for businesses, simplifying the tax code, and making business tax rates more competitive on the global market.

Manzullo voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He advocates the repeal of that legislation and the passing of "smaller, understandable" bills that make incremental changes to our health care system. He outlines key elements of reform:"

  • A. Medical lawsuit reform to reduce costs and discourage unnecessary tests that CBO estimates would save $54 billion in federal spending;
  • B. Allowing individuals to purchase health care insurance across state lines in the search for the best and most affordable plan;
  • C. Allowing the self-employed to purchase health care insurance before paying the Social Security/Medicare payroll (FICA) tax, effectively reducing their premiums by 15 percent;
  • D. Giving individuals the same tax treatment to purchase health insurance as employers;
  • E. Providing more tax incentives to encourage individuals to purchase consumer-driven Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), which have reduced health care costs considerably for many Americans;
  • F. Creating refundable tax credits to help low-income American purchase health insurance;
  • G. Enhancing state high-risk pools to provide more coverage for those with pre-existing medical conditions;
  • H. Eliminating yearly and lifetime caps on health insurance payments;
  • I. Allowing dependent young adults to remain on their parent’s health insurance plan until age 26;
  • J. Preserving high-quality health care through America ’s community health centers so that low-income individuals do not visit the hospital emergency room for routine outpatient care."

Manzullo advocates an "all you can create" energy strategy that will promote "innovation, conservation, and responsible production of energy as a way to decrease our dependence upon unstable foreign sources of energy." He believes in the "environmentally-sound" extraction of oil and gas, expansion of the nation's nuclear energy capacity, and open Yucca Mountain in Nevada to "safely dispose of spend nuclear fuel." He does not support taxpayer-funded subsidies to develop any source of energy.

Manzullo has introduced legislation to provide a tax deduction for energy-intensive businesses "to better insulate their facilities" and is opposed to cap and trade.

Manzullo opposes "all forms of amnesty" including the expansion of current visa policies. He advocates strengthening our border security and interior enforcement first and opposes "incentives, such as the so-called DREAM Act, to induce foreign residents to enter and stay in America illegally."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Manzullo voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]


2012 election

Don Manzullo vs. Adam Kinzinger
Poll Don Manzullo Adam KinzingerUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research
February 6-7, 2012
We Ask America
February 19-20, 2012
We Ask America
March 11-12, 2012
AVERAGES 39.88% 44.08% 16.04% +/-3.59 1,100.33
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See also: Illinois' 16th Congressional District elections, 2012

Manzullo ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 16th District. The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Manzullo faced freshman Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois' 11th Congressional District in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012. Kinzinger was moved into the 16th District during the 2011 redistricting process. Kinzinger defeated Manzullo in the Republican primary.[7]

U.S. House, Illinois' 16th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Kinzinger 53.9% 45,546
Donald Manzullo 46.1% 38,889
Total Votes 84,435

2012 campaign media

Fighting for the American Dream

Don't Read His Lips, Read His Record

Not Much Different than a Democrat

Watch this!

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Manzullo's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Manzullo won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Manzullo's campaign committee raised a total of $1,160,685 and spent $1,133,360.[17]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Manzullo paid his congressional staff a total of $1,036,152 in 2011. He ranked 29th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 126th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranked 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[18]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Manzullo's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $466,008 and $1,190,999. That averages to $828,503.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[19]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Manzullo ranked 123rd in the conservative rankings in 2011.[20]

Voting with party


Donald A. Manzullo voted with the Republican Party 92 percent of the time, which ranked 149 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[21]


Manzullo and his wife, Freda, were married in 1982 and are the proud parents of three children.[3]

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External links


  1. Daily Herald, "Manzullo to run in redrawn 16th District" accessed December 15, 2011
  2. GovTrack, "Manzullo" accessed May 15, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Congressman Don Manzullo, "Meet Don" accessed November 3, 2011
  4. U.S. Representative Don Manzullo, 16th District of Illinois, "Committees"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Representative Donald Manzullo, "Committees" accessed November 3, 2011
  6. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  7. ABC News 7, "Election Results Primary 2012," accessed March 20, 2012 (dead link)
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998"
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1996"
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994"
  17. Open Secrets, "Donald A. Manzullo 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 3, 2011
  18. LegiStorm, "Donald Manzullo"
  19. OpenSecrets, "Manzullo, (R-Illinois), 2010"
  20. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John Cox, Jr.
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 16
Succeeded by