There comes a time when all political office-holders are replaced. For some, it may only take a term, for others, two decades. Don Manzullo is an example of the latter.
The long-time area representative is being thanked for his years of service, as he says goodbye to the life of politics.
Each year, the Winnebago County Republican Central Committee hosts a Lincoln Day dinner for area politicians at every level and their closest supporters. This time around, they award Don Manzullo for 20 years of service as the Illinois District 16 representative.
WCRCC Chairman Jim Thompson says, "Don Manzullo has been a tireless supporter of conservative values and republican values here in northern Illinois for the last 2 decades, now that he is moving on to another location, we wanted to honor him."
In order to do so, the WCRCC is giving Manzullo a lifetime service award.
"Well it's good nobody's throwing any eggs or tomatoes at us, so we feel pretty good about it. It's always been a tremendous honor to represent the people of Northern Illinois," says Don Manzullo.
Manzullo represented Illinois District 16 since 1993, but was defeated by Adam Kinzinger in the 2012 republican primary election.
"It's something that I'll always cherish. you can loose an election but you can never take away the honor of representing all these people," says Manzullo.
As his predecessor, Kinzinger says he wants to honor Manzullo for his years of service to the community, as he begins his first term as District 16's congressman.
"The Rockford area has been hit very hard with the loss of manufacturing and Don was a leader in manufacturing. In my position, on both committees I'm on, frankly, I'm on the manufacturing subcommittee, and so I'm gonna focus on manufacturing and trying to help the Rockford area come back from tough economic times. Do the best I can from the federal level."
Manzullo says he's staying busy after leaving the public office. He's taken a position as president and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America, a think tank in Washington.
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