Recognizing the Honorable Daniel A. Manion on His 80th Birthday

Floor Speech

Date: Jan. 28, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. WALORSKI. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Honorable Daniel A. Manion as he celebrates his 80th birthday. A lifelong Hoosier, Judge Manion has devoted his life to serving our community and our great nation.

Judge Manion has deep roots in northern Indiana and has played an important part in our region's history. He was born on February 1, 1942, in South Bend to his parents, Clarence and Virginia Manion. Judge Manion graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1960. At Culver, he participated with the Black Horse Troop in the Inaugural Parade for President Dwight Eisenhower in 1957.

Judge Manion matriculated to the University of Notre Dame in 1960, where he was a member of the University's ROTC. During his senior year, he served as Brigade Commander and received the Father John J. Cavanaugh Award. At Notre Dame, Judge Manion was a member of the wrestling and lacrosse teams. He was also a three-time champion of the annual Bengal Bouts boxing tournament. Judge Manion graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1964 with a degree in Political Science.

Following college graduation, he was a Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1965 to 1966, serving a tour of duty in Vietnam. Later, Judge Manion served as the Director of Industrial Development for the Indiana Department of Commerce from 1969-1973 and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University in 1973. He then served as Indiana's Deputy Attorney General from 1973 to 1974.

In 1978, Judge Manion was elected to the Indiana Senate, where he served until 1982. An avid runner, he earned a reputation for jogging door to door across his district to meet Hoosiers.

Judge Manion practiced law at Doran, Manion, Boynton, Kamm & Esmont from 1974 to 1986, when he was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to serve as a circuit judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He was confirmed in November 1986 and served as an active judge until December 2007 when he took senior status. He still serves in this capacity, regularly hearing appeals.

During his tenure on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Manion has authored numerous opinions. Additionally, he has mentored 65 law clerks, several of whom have gone on to become judges. Most notably, Judge Manion is the only currently sitting Judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to have one of his former law clerks as a colleague--the Honorable Judge Michael B. Brennan. After taking senior status, Judge Manion also was succeeded as an active judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals by the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

Judge Manion is married to his wife, Ann, who serves as President of the Women's Care Center. He has four children; Mary (husband, Tom), Katherine (husband, Joey), Patrick, and Michael; two grandchildren and two more on the way. Madam Speaker, I would like to congratulate the Honorable Daniel A. Manion and his entire family on this momentous occasion of his 80th birthday.