At a Glance
- Career History: Lawyer, private practice (1970-1992)
- Birthday: March 24, 1944
- Hometown: Rockford, Ill.
- Alma Mater: Marquette University, J.D. 1970; American University, B.A. 1967
- Spouse: Freda Teslik
- Religion: Christian
- Committees: House Foreign Affairs Committee (chair of the Asia and Pacific subcommittee); Financial Services Committee
- DC Office: 2228 Rayburn Building, Washington, DC 20515, Phone (202) 225-5676
Path To Power
Donald 'Don' Manzullo was born on March 24, 1944, in Rockford, Ill., where his father ran a local grocery store and owned Manzullo's Famous Italian Restaurant.Manzullo graduated from Auburn High School in 1962 and earned a bachelor's degree in political science from American University in 1967.
During college, Manzullo was active in his campus Young Republicans group.He worked for several Republican candidates on the Hill, including former Rep. John Anderson, who ran for president in 1980. Manzullo went on to earn a law degree from Marquette University in 1970. That same year, he established a law office in Oregon, Ill., and began working as a private-practice attorney.
A reliably Republican voter with a long history of Republican activism,Manzullo is socially and fiscally conservative. He has focused much of his attention in Congress on trade, economics and manufacturing issues.
Manzullo co-chairs the House Manufacturing Caucus, which he founded in 2003. He has worked to create more American jobs through increased U.S. manufacturing opportunities. He's also been a vocal opponent of changes to the U.S. patent laws that would make American companies vulnerable.
Manzullo founded and co-chairs the House Manufacturing Caucus along with Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). A member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he serves as chairman of the subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific during the 112th Congress.
Fiscally conservative, Manzullo is a member of the activist Republican Study Committee and the House Financial Services Committee. He has also worked alongside Illinois legislators such as Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) to procure funding for state and district projects.