Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns from Congress

Sean Lengell
The Washington Times

After a long struggle with medical and legal problems, Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress on Wednesday, citing failing health as the reason he is stepping down after 17 years but adding he is cooperating with a federal investigation “into my activities.”

The Illinois Democrat, 47, who earlier this month won a 10th term to the House, sent House Speaker John A. Boehner a letter informing the Ohio Republican of his decision, the speaker’s office said.

Mr. Jackson took a leave of absence from the House in June, citing exhaustion, and hasn’t returned. Later it was revealed he was receiving treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Despite not campaigning for re-election, he defeated his Republican challenger this month by 40 percentage points.

Under Illinois law, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has five days to schedule an election to replace Mr. Jackson after he receives official notice, and the election must be held within 115 days…

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