Issue One is pleased to welcome former Illinois Republican Congressman Don Manzullo to the ReFormers Caucus, comprised of more than 160 former members of Congress and governors from both sides of the aisle who are dedicated to returning government to the people.
Manzullo represented Illinois’ 16th district for 20 years, from 1993 to 2013. Throughout his tenure, Manzullo advocated for small businesses, free trade and manufacturing in the U.S. He served on the Committee on Financial Services, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Small Business, which he chaired for six years. During his last two years in Congress, he served as chair of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He was a member of the House Automotive Caucus and co-founded and co-chaired the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus.
In his American Jobs Agenda, Manzullo outlined his priorities in Congress, centered on “level[ing] 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” as well as encouraging American manufacturing and trimming unnecessary government regulations on farms and small businesses. He also supported efforts to reduce the influence of money in politics, voting to require lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations and to ban soft money donations to national political parties.
For his leadership in public service, Manzullo has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Small Business Exporters Association, the Leadership Award from the Coalition for Employment through Exports, and the Wings of Liberty Award from the Aerospace Industries Association.
Currently, Manzullo is the president and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute, a think tank that promotes dialogue and understanding between the Republic of Korea and the U.S.
As a respected former congressman and leader, Congressman Manzullo is committed to working with his fellow ReFormers to reduce the influence of money in politics.