Freshman U.S. Rep. running in new 16th District

Mar 5, 2012

Republican U.S. Representative, Adam Kinzinger, prepares to face longtime GOP incumbent in Illinois' primary election. 

Kinzinger was elected in 2010 to the 11th District, which included LaSalle and communities south of Chicago.  Last year, Democrats, who controlled the redistricting process, put Kinzinger's hometown of Manteno in the heavily-Democratic 2nd Congressional District.  This put him in a difficult position as he planned his reelection campaign: he could run against the 2nd District's incumbent, Jesse Jackson, Jr., or run in a neighboring district.  Kinzinger filed to run in the newly-drawn 16th District, represented by longtime incumbent Republican Don Manzullo.  Kinzinger spoke to WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about the differences between himself and Manzullo, and how he'd serve his constituents if they send him back to Washington, D.C.