Congressman Donald A. Manzullo



Born: March 24, 1944 Rockford, Illinois

Education: Juris Doctor - Marquette University (1970)
Bachelor of Arts - American University (1967)
Auburn High School - Rockford, Illinois (1962)

Family: Married - Freda Teslik, 1982 Children - Neil (21), Noel (19), Katie (16)



On Jan. 6, 2005, Congressman Manzullo was re-appointed Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business. This session, Chairman Manzullo will continue his mission to restore manufacturing in America and put people back to work in northern Illinois and throughout our nation. He has held more than 60 hearings on the state of manufacturing and introduced related pieces of legislation since his colleagues first appointed him Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business in 2001. He also founded the 80-member House Manufacturing Caucus, which he chairs, and he serves on the House Financial Services Committee. Manzullo represents the 16th Congressional District of Illinois, which includes the counties of Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson, JoDaviess, Ogle, Carroll, the majority of McHenry County and parts of DeKalb and Whiteside counties.


Recognized by CNN financial broadcaster Lou Dobbs as "a man who has been at the forefront of this battle's efforts on behalf of U.S. manufacturing," Manzullo has earned the reputation as Congress' champion of manufacturing and a fierce advocate for job creation in northern Illinois. His "Agenda to Restore Manufacturing in America" outlines 17 priorities to preserve U.S. manufacturing and put Americans back to work. The plan's highlights include providing tax relief to companies which keep jobs in America; forcing China and the other East Asian countries to stop manipulating their currencies to give themselves an unfair cost advantage over American companies; requiring the federal government to comply with Buy American laws; reducing the surging cost of health care; expanding U.S. Small Business Administration programs to small manufacturers; reforming U.S. export control policy; and many others.


One of the priorities in the plan, rescinding the steel tariffs, was accomplished in December 2003 when President Bush removed the duties on imported foreign steel, which were pummeling U.S. manufacturers who were forced to pay higher prices for steel than their foreign competitors. Another priority, encouraging job creation in America, was accomplished in October 2004 when President Bush signed into law the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which provides a 9 percent tax deduction for manufacturing production in the United States. Manzullo led the fight in Congress to include the domestic manufacturing benefits, which keep jobs in America, and to share them with small businesses.


In addition to his national advocacy for U.S. manufacturers and America's 25 million small businesses, Manzullo has championed the needs of his constituents in northern Illinois and secured millions of dollars in congressional appropriations bills to create jobs in the district he represents.


Working with a coalition of local manufacturers, Illinois colleges and universities and our state's scientific community, Manzullo secured more than $9 million to create a high-tech Research and Development Manufacturing Technology Center and small business incubator in Rockford. TheEIGERlab will design the next generation of miniature machine tools which will build our nation's future combat systems. The Pentagon contract was bolstered by SBA funding which will allow the EIGERlab to create commercial applications for the technology, creating endless opportunities for Rockford-area manufacturers. Manzullo also secured $1.5 million to develop the new Agriculture Technology Park in Belvidere, another high-tech center which will help entrepreneurs research new uses for farm products and bring them to market. In addition, Manzullo secured $1.3 million for the Burpee Museum and Paleontology Research Center to help the museum campus display its rare dinosaur, Jane, which will draw thousands to Rockford each year and create numerous jobs in the tourism industries. Manzullo also secured $2.2 million for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford to help expand its unique Rural Health Professions curriculum, which will draw students from across the world. He secured $1 million to help fund needed repairs at Crusader Clinic, the community health center in Rockford. In addition, Manzullo secured nearly $7 million to help build a new federal courthouse in Rockford.

In his work to promote Rochelle's intermodal transportation hub and the numerous job opportunities it will create in Ogle County and beyond, Manzullo secured $2.2 million to help fund the infrastructure for the $181 million project. He fostered an agreement between the Army and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to clean up the 13,000-acre Savanna Army Depot in Carroll and Jo Daviess counties and transform it into a national wildlife refuge area and Bald Eagle nesting site. A portion of the land will be reserved for industrial uses, which will create thousands of jobs in northwestern Illinois.

With more than 5,000 veterans calling Stephenson County home, Manzullo helped convince the Veterans Administration to locate a satellite medical clinic in Freeport. The new clinic, which will eliminate the need for veterans to drive to Rockford or Madison, WI for routine medical care, opened in September of 2004.

Manzullo also helped several environmental projects progress in northern Illinois. He secured $500,000 to help the tiny McHenry County community of Port Barrington build its own sewage system and prevent 70,000 gallons of raw sewage from flowing into the Fox River each day from residents' septic systems. In addition, Manzullo secured $200,000 for the DeKalb County community of Genoa to help fund a needed expansion of the town's sewage treatment plant, which is near capacity. He also secured $550,000 to help Fox River Grove residents pay for necessary improvements to their sewer plant. Manzullo previously secured $1.5 million to help Galena replace its failing sewage system and more than $2 million to help Johnsburg officials build a wastewater treatment plant to replace residential septic systems, which were dumping more than a million gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into the Fox River each day.

Transportation is a vital issue for the people of northern Illinois. He has secured tens of millions of dollars in federal funds to help build and expand roads, including the Western Bypass of Algonquin, the Route 173/I-90 Interchange north of Rockford, the widening of Route 20 between Freeport and Galena, the widening of Route 47 through Huntley, the widening of Rakow Road in Crystal Lake and Lake in the Hills, the widening of Route 30 from Rock Falls to Fulton, the West State Street improvement project in Rockford, and the South Main Street widening project in Rockford.

As a tremendous advocate for commuter air service in northern Illinois, Manzullo has helped secure more than $60 million during his time in Congress to fund improvements to the Greater Rockford Airport. This year, he also secured $1.5 million to help market the airport and other Rockford attractions to potential passengers and visitors. Manzullo also secured $200,000 to help fund a study of commuter rail options between the greater Rockford area and Chicago.

Congressman Manzullo achieved his number one legislative priority in 2001 when the President signed his legislation into law to help veterans suffering from Gulf War Syndrome. The legislation was inspired by former Freeport, Illinois resident Dan Steele, a Gulf War veteran who died from the illness in 1999 at age 36. The National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition named Manzullo its "Legislator of the Year" in 2001 for his efforts to pass the important legislation. Also in 2001, Congressman Manzullo authored legislation that was signed into law to ease tax reporting requirements that would have cost America's colleges, universities and trade schools more than $100 million annually.


Since he was elected in 1992, Congressman Manzullo has passed several pieces of legislation inspired by the people he represents in Illinois. Manzullo amended the Clean Air Act in 1995 that eliminated mandatory carpooling in the Chicagoland area (including McHenry County) and other large cities. The Manzullo amendment made carpooling voluntary while keeping the same high clean air standards. The amendment saves schools, local governments and businesses $1 billion to $2 billion annually in regulatory compliance costs.


Congressman Manzullo also authored a law that forces federally funded family planning clinics to report suspected incidents of child abuse and statutory rape to authorities. Another provision to require those clinics to notify parents before dispensing prescription birth control drugs to young girls was approved in the House but not acted on by the Senate. Manzullo also introduced legislation designed to curb the power of federal judges to raise taxes in state and local governments.


Congressman Manzullo took a leadership role in 1993, eliminating the four select committees that had no legislative jurisdiction and were duplicitous with permanent, standing committees. Additionally, Congressman Manzullo convinced the United States Navy to stop giving away its deactivated ships to our allies. The Navy now leases or sells these vessels, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue each year.

Congressman Manzullo has earned recognition as a "Taxpayers Hero" from Citizens Against Government Waste, a "Taxpayer's Friend" by the National Taxpayers Union, and a "Friend of Agriculture" by the Illinois Agricultural Association. He has also been called "Senior Friendly" by the 60 Plus Association, and he received the "Guardian of Small Business Award" from the National Federation of Independent Business. He has received several endorsements from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The National Association of Manufacturers has consistently honored him with the "Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence." In 2002, he was recognized for education leadership by the Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organization and he received the Distinguished Service to Higher Education Award from Northern Illinois University. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Community Award from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. In 2004 and 2005, he received the National Patriot Legislator Award from the Association for Service Disabled Veterans.
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