How an Obscure, Country Lawyer Kept his Faith, Beat the Establishment, and Survived Twenty Years in Congress

by Former U.S. Congressman Don Manzullo

About the Book


A country lawyer in northern Illinois, Don Manzullo ran for Congress, was sued by his Republican party to keep him off the ballot, but persevered to beat the established politicians.

In a fascinating and at times humorous account of his twenty years in Congress, he leads readers through battles involving trade, national security, manufacturing, protecting small businesspeople and children. He describes his journeys to foreign countries and meeting with the president of China. He blows through diplomatic channels to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu on a volatile trade issue involving a constituent.

Those interested in history, politics, the congressional process, the role of faith in a legislator’s life, and overcoming a serious reading and retention challenge, will find Manzullo’s legacy as a problem solver a must-read. Once readers start, they will not be able to put it down.


About the Author


Don Manzullo served twenty years in Congress, representing the 16th District of Illinois. He chaired the Small Business Committee and the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, and he served on the Financial Services Committee during the 2008 crash. He was a commissioner on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. He was a participant in inter parliamentary exchanges involving China (chair), Canada (chair), Japan, S. Korea, Mexico and EU. He received the Aerospace Institute of America’s Wings of Liberty Award for changing complex regulations, resulting in billions of dollars in additional export revenues for U.S. manufacturers. He remains active in the Christian Embassy ministry on Capitol Hill.

Before Congress, he practiced law for twenty-two years. After Congress he became the President/CEO of Korea Economic Institute of America. He is a graduate of American University, Washington, D.C., Marquette University School of Law, and has an honorary Juris Doctor from Inha University, S. Korea. He is an adjunct instructor at Rockford University in political science, foreign affairs, and constitutional law.